Video and DVD

I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the best novels ever written.  The questions it raises about playing God, and the responsibility that comes along with creating new life either in a laboratory or through parenthood is really interesting.  I, Frankenstein toys with those same ideas in order to fill time before big elaborate fight sequences.  […]

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Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Princess and the Pilot was a bold choice for NIS America’s first feature film release, having only ever released anime series before. For their first home video release of a theatrical feature, I honestly would have expected something more akin to their second feature release, Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Fuse: teppô musume no […]

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Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years

Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Apparently it never entered my consciousness way back in 2004 that Napoleon Dynamite was some sort of cultural phenomenon. I mean, I guess I recall people wearing “Vote for Pedro” shirts, but somehow it never occurred to me that the film was actually hugely popular, raking in $44 million at U.S. boxes and thereby making […]

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2012 filmic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, comes to us care of director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco). Adapting Dickens’ novel to screen successfully is no easy feat, but it’s one that other directors, including David Lean and Alfonso Cuarón, attempted long before Newell. The greatest of these […]

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Making the Rules

Making the Rules

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hearing Martin Scorsese talk about movies is an enlightening experience.  He is a director who knows cinema.  Scorsese is not simply a cinephile (like Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino) or a technician (like Kubrick); he is not a man who collects tidbits of style, knowledge or equipment as if they were rare stamps.  Scorsese […]

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The Demons (1973)

The Demons (1973)

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kino’s recent work with Redemption Films has been fantastic for genre and exploitation film fans, who finally have beautiful Blu-ray releases of films by Jean Rollin, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Jess Franco. While some of these films have been released in the States in various forms over the years, some of them are making their Stateside […]

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The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection

| May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

What can be better than a collection of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals? Well, placing those musicals on Blu-ray. The quality of the pictures is great and if you owned the previous release like I did, you will be pleased with the more compact packaging. This is a collection of some of the most loved musicals, […]

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Hallucination Strip

Hallucination Strip

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hallucination Strip (1975), the latest obscure Italian film released on home video by boutique distributor RaroVideo USA, explores the troubled ins-and-outs of Italy’s counterculture in the 1970s. Made by first-and-only-time director Lucio Marcaccini, Hallucination Stirp focuses on a group of young political activists living (and dying) in Rome, but in doing so paints a picture […]

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Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gimme Shelter is a fantastic movie that chronicles one young teen’s pregnancy and painful relationship with her mother, while she locates a father with whom she never had a relationship. Vanessa Hudgens stars in this heart-wrenching but inspirational drama that is available on Blu-ray April 29. Hudgens plays Agnes “Apple” Bailey, whose violent and dependent […]

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Escape from Tomorrow

Escape from Tomorrow

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s almost unbelievable that Escape from Tomorrow (2013) exists. Writer/director Randy Moore and his crew, in case you’re as yet unaware of their exploits, filmed Escape from Tomorrow almost entirely on location in Walt Disney World and Disneyland in secret, receiving no permission whatsoever from Disney… even after production! On top of that, the film […]

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