Video and DVD

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s all pouting lips and swelling orchestral strings in Carlo Carlei’s 2013 filmic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Boasting an adapted screenplay by Downton Abbey-creator Julian Fellowes and the likes of Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgård and Damian Lewis among the players, my expectations for this adaptation were high—perhaps too much so. […]

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Rocky: Heavyweight Collection

Rocky: Heavyweight Collection

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

For so many U.S. audiences, the (first couple) Rocky movies tap into a primal urge: the desire to rise from the gutter, pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make something of yourself. It’s about the American Dream, achieving your goals against all odds, making a name for yourself and a fortune through sheer willpower […]

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Instructions Not Included

Instructions Not Included

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Eugenio Derbez (Jack & Jill, Girl in Progress) has created his masterpiece… his magnum opus if you will. Although, Eugenio hasn’t done very many notable titles, Instructions Not Included (Lionsgate) puts him on the map in a serious way. I say that he created this film and what I mean is that he directed, acted […]

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Young Detective Dee

Young Detective Dee

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tsui Hark’s career has managed to be a conundrum to me, seeing as though I’m a huge sucker for asian cinema, I’ve never really gotten much out of his films. Sure, I’d seen things like Once Upon a Time in China, Black Mask and even Knock Off, which I think is one of the funniest […]

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Hindenburg

Hindenburg

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

History and logic take a back seat to drama and thrilling heroics in Hindenburg, a mini-series offering one hypothesis for what caused the tragic explosion that killed 36 people in 1937.  No one is positive what caused the Hindenburg to explode, but director Philipp Kadelbach suggests that perhaps the airship was sabotaged by angry helium […]

How I Live Now

How I Live Now

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) goes to stay with her cousins in England, you think you’re about to undertake a typical, clichéd coming of age story.  Daisy is stubborn, hardened against this cynical world, and dripping with teenage angst.  Listening to her whine about the state of her family’s English cottage, their jeep, or the contents […]

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African-American Leaders: Past & Present

African-American Leaders: Past & Present

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just in time for Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech is History®‘s phenomenal collection: African-American Leaders: Past & Present from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This outstanding DVD set includes five films that tell the stories of five influential African Americans. The in-depth profiles of Frederick […]

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Richard the Lionheart (2013)

Richard the Lionheart (2013)

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first heard about Richard the Lionheart, directed by Stefano Milla and written by Gero Giglio, I had high hopes that it would be a strong, well made film.  Unfortunately, what I wound up with was disappointment.  However, I do believe there are those that would find the film enjoyable, still. Several things threw me […]

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Escape Plan

Escape Plan

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Action film icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger join forces to break out of the world’s most high-tech prison in 2013’s Escape Plan, now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It’s an action-packed, if somewhat mindless, thriller that casts Stallone as Ray Breslin, a professional prison escape artist who tests the effectiveness […]

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Deluxe Edition

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Deluxe Edition

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, originally published in 1886, is as potent an allegory today as it ever was, asking us to consider the ever-present base, immoral, and animalistic urges that within all of us. We all have the capacity to perform horrible, unspeakable deeds. Whether we do these things […]

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