Tag: Blu-Ray

The Heineken Kidnapping

The Heineken Kidnapping

| August 29, 2012

Based on true events, The Heineken Kidnapping tells the story of one of the most notorious crimes in the history of The Netherlands.  Alfred Heineken (Rutger Hauer; Batman Begins) was the head of the Heineken Beer Corporation when he was taken hostage by four young men in 1983.  Heineken was kept in a small soundproof […]

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Battleground

Battleground

| August 28, 2012

Battleground (2012), coming to Blu-ray and DVD on August 28, 2012 from Well Go USA, is exactly what you’d cynically expect of a cross between Reservoir Dogs with First Blood: a flashy, dull mess of an actioner. The film follows a group of men fresh off a botched heist in Flint, Michigan who must lie […]

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Pixar’s Brave on Blu-Ray: November 13, 2012

Pixar’s Brave on Blu-Ray: November 13, 2012

| August 24, 2012

Disney and Pixar have announced the release of their latest animated feature, Brave, available on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 13, 2012. The film is a legendary first for Pixar – its first featuring a female protagonist – and premiered in U.S. theaters this past June to the usual warm reception (is there ever a Pixar […]

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Cinemark Fall Classic Film Series

Cinemark Fall Classic Film Series

| August 24, 2012

Fall’s coming, which as a Chicagoan only reminds me that Winter is, too. But it’s not all bad if you can find your local Cinemark and catch a classic flick on the big screen. August 23rd, marked the start of the theater chain’s Fall Classic Film Series. A digitally remastered Jaws played yesterday to audiences […]

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Halloween 4 and 5 on Blu-ray

Halloween 4 and 5 on Blu-ray

| August 23, 2012

The original Halloween franchise continues its slow progress to Blu-ray with Anchor Bay’s latest set of reissues. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers were previously released on DVD by Anchor Bay and eventually released in a 2-pack together, although the new Blu-rays are sold separately. Are […]

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Spaceballs: The 25th Anniversary Edition

Spaceballs: The 25th Anniversary Edition

| August 7, 2012

Director Mel Brooks’ 1987 film, Spaceballs, stands as one of the filmmaker’s most beloved and timeless comedies. In my mind, only The Producers (1968), Young Frankenstein (1974), and Blazing Saddles (1978) precede this star-studded send-up of the science fiction genre. And while that only places it fourth among Brooks’ eleven theatrical releases, I assure you […]

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La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion

| August 1, 2012

It seemed that Lionsgate had forgotten about their North American arm of the StudioCanal Collection since they released the first wave of Region A StudioCanal Blu-rays in 2010 with such classic titles as The Third Man (1949) and Ran (1985). After nearly two years, Lionsgate returns to the StudioCanal Collection in full force with the […]

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The Most Dangerous Game / Gow, The Headhunter

The Most Dangerous Game / Gow, The Headhunter

| July 18, 2012

The latest must-own Blu-ray release from Flicker Alley, distributors of home video dedicated to furthering public interest in cinema heritage, collects two pre-King Kong works of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Flicker Alley rightly positions The Most Dangerous Game (1932), starring Joel McCrea and Fay Wray, as the centerpiece of this release, which […]

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

| July 17, 2012

Just like the sushi of which Jiro dreams, the beauty of this documentary from producer/director/cinematographer David Gelb owes in large part to its simplicity. As is the case with many great documentaries, it seems that all Gelb had to do to stir up a great film was to sit down with his wholly fascinating subjects, […]

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Fractale

Fractale

| July 13, 2012

The world of the future relies on the Fractale System, a network of satellites that allow mankind to live a worry-free existence. In the thousand years following Fractale’s inception, man relinquished all responsibilities for the operation of the world, and society effectively crumbled. Indeed, no longer would people be required to labor for wages, as […]