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Superman: The Complete Animated Series Blu-ray Review: A Set for Superfans to Treasure

Remastered for its 25th anniversary, Superman: The Complete Animated Series presents all 54 episodes that originally aired aired on Kids' ...
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San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition 2021 Panels I’d Like to See

After cancelling their traditional summer conventions of the past two years due to Covid, the folks who run San Diego ...
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Coraline (LAIKA Studios Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Fantastic Fairy Tale

Based on Neil Gaiman's award-winning children's novella, writer/director Henry Selick's Coraline is a fantastic fairy tale about a young girl ...
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The Suicide Squad Blu-ray Review: Suicide Isn’t Painless with James Gunn at the Helm

As mentioned in my review of the movie, the main reason for its success is because James “Gunn is a ...
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The Naked Spur Blu-ray Review: A Classic ’50s Western

The Naked Spur (1953) was the third of five westerns between actor James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. Stewart plays ...
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Injustice (2021) Blu-ray Review: An Intriguing Story in An Alternate DC Universe

Based on the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One comic book series, ...
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Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 3 Blu-ray Review: Another Must-own for Fans of Avery and Animation

The Warner Archive Collection has released the third volume of their Tex Avery Screwball Classics line, bringing the total number ...
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A Night at the Opera Blu-ray Review: A Comedy Classic

The Warner Archive Collection has released A Night at the Opera on Blu-ray. It is the first Marx Brothers movie ...
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48 Hrs. / Another 48 Hrs. Blu-ray Reviews: The Boys Are Back on Blu-ray

Expanding their roster of Eddie Murphy titles, the Paramount Presents line has added the two films that comprise the 48 ...
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Blu-ray Review: An Entertaining Superhero Spectacle

I am a fan of Zack Snyder's work on 300 and Watchmen. I didn't think Man of Steel showed an ...
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Marvel Delivers a Dynamic Duo

After Marvel concluded Phase Three of their Cinematic Universe with the galaxy-spanning, time-traveling, superhero-packed epic Avengers: Endgame, it was understandable ...
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Album Review: Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73

Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios present Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session ‘73 (although known as The Wailers ...
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The Raven (1963) Blu-ray Review: A Silly, Spooky Movie for Children

In the early 1960s, producer/director Roger Corman made a series of movies adapted (to varying degrees) from the work of ...
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Original Cast Album “Company” Criterion Collection: You Could Drive an Actor Crazy

Originating as a series of 11 one-act plays by George Furth, Company evolved into a musical with music and lyrics ...
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Coogan’s Bluff Blu-ray Review: An Unintentional Precursor to Dirty Harry

Coogan's Bluff, notable as the first of five films Don Siegel directed Clint Eastwood, is a typical fish-out-of-water story as ...
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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two Blu-ray Review: Filled with Enjoyable Tricks and Treats

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two opens with Bruce Wayne (Jensen Ackles) still under the spell of Poison Ivy (Katee ...
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The Suicide Squad Movie Review: A Top-tier Title in the DC Extended Universe

Writer/director James Gunn clearly has a passion for DC Comics and suicide-mission movies like The Dirty Dozen in this loose ...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Blu-ray Review: Clash of the Titans

Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth entry in the Monsterverse franchise, taking place three years after the events of Godzilla: ...
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The Herculoids: The Complete Original Series Blu-ray Review: The Adventures of the Exotic Eight

The Warner Archive Collection continues to upgrade Hanna Barbera cartoons to high definition with the release of The Herculoids: The ...
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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One Blu-ray Review: Gotham for the Holidays

Batman The Long Halloween, Part One is the first of a two-part home-video release based on the 13-issue comic book ...
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Pickup on South Street Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Sam Fuller Blends Film Noir with a Cold War Spy Thriller

Samuel Fuller directed and wrote the screenplay for Pickup on South Street, a movie that blends film noir with a ...
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Last Train from Gun Hill Blu-ray Review: Variation on a Western Theme

Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn star are as former friends who become formidable foes over family in director John Sturges's ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Movie Review: A Wonderful Tribute, Albeit One Tinged with Sadness

Documentarian Morgan Neville has won an Academy Award and Grammy Award for 20 Feet from Stardom, has won and Emmy ...
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Explorers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Kids in Space

The success of family-friendly, space fantasy films like George Lucas's Star Wars franchise and Steven Spielberg's E.T. led to wave ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 29: 1976-1977 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after its lead character, a by-the-book police detective ...
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Black Widow (2021) Movie Review: Back in the MCU

After making her first appearance in Iron Man 2 and sacrificing herself for half the universe in Avengers: Endgame, Natasha ...
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My Little Chickadee Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Romp Worth Seeing Some Time

My Little Chickadee is one of nine films starring Mae West that Kino Lorber Studio Classics released at the end ...
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Fool for Love Blu-ray Review: The Sins of the Father Revisited

During the '80s, director Robert Altman made a series of six films that were based on plays. One was Sam ...
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Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 Blu-ray Review

Rick and Morty was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. A series of animated shorts by Roiland that featured ...
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John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection DVD Review: A Good Sampling of the Duke’s Work

John Wayne appeared in 169 feature length films over his 50-year career as an actor. The 14 films in this ...
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Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: An Animation Masterpiece

Influenced by artist Frank Fanzetta and Heavy Metal magazine, Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal is an animation masterpiece. The Adult Swim TV ...
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Grizzly Blu-ray Review: Jaws with Claws Has Flaws

Producer David Sheldon gleefully announces in an extra that Grizzly was the first to follow in the footsteps of Jaws. ...
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Escape from Fort Bravo Blu-ray Review: A Serviceable B-western Undercut by Its Love Story

John Sturges' Escape from Fort Bravo sets a love triangle within a Civil War-era western, but the limited development of ...
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King Kong (1976) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: A Special Effects Marvel

After appearing in two Toho Studios-produced films during the 1960s, the character of King Kong returned to the silver screen ...
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Snoopy Collection Blu-ray Review: You’d Be a Blockhead Not to Own It

Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip Peanuts ran in newspapers for nearly 50 years. It became a multimedia sensation because Schulz ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo: Homecoming is Book 35 in the collected volumes of Stan Sakai's long running comic book series and the ...
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Standout Comedy

Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High was written by Cameron Crowe, who went undercover at a San Diego high ...
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Book Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 5

The fifth volume of IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection opens with Issue #56, Part 7 of the ...
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Justice Society: World War II Blu-ray Review: A Superb Superhero Movie

Justice Society: World War II is a superb superhero movie thanks to the screenplay by Meghan Fitzmartin and Jeremy Adams. ...
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Wrath of Man Movie Review: A Bleak Story of Revenge

Guy Ritchie's latest crime thriller, Wrath of Man, finds the director teaming with Jason Statham for the fourth time in ...
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The Furies (1950) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fascinating Film of Familial Conflict

Based on Niven Busch's 1948 novel of the same name, which Criterion has included in paperback, Anthony Mann's The Furies ...
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Nobody (2021) Movie Review: Bob Odenkirk Is a Somebody in the Action Genre

As the movie opens, Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) looks like he's been though something. Handcuffed by police, his face is ...
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Legion of Super Heroes: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: Back to the Future

Based on the comic of the same name, Legion of Super Heroes ran for two seasons (26 episodes) from 2006 ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: The Spine of Night

The Spine of Night by co-writers/co-directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King is a fantastic fantasy film featuring animated imagery ...
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Book Review: Usagi Yojimbo Origins Volume 01 by Stan Sakai

Over the course of his comic book career, Stan Sakai has become a legend in the industry, winning numerous awards ...
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Austin City Limits: Country (10-Disc Set) Review: A Vital Historical Document of Country Music

Austin City Limits: Country is a music fan's dream. This two-volume set comprised of 10 discs contains 164 live uncut ...
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Thundarr the Barbarian: The Complete Series is the Pick of the Week

Over the past couple of years, I finally caught up with Steve Gerber's run on Howard the Duck, a subversive ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: The Sparks Brothers

Edgar Wright's The Sparks Brothers is a loving biography that tells a story of persistence and resistance as Ron and ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Live Action Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 28: 1974-1976 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police ...
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Book Review: The Complete Steve Canyon Volume 10: 1965-1966 by Milton Caniff

Since January 2012, the Library of American Comics, by way of IDW Publishing, has been releasing collections of Milton Caniff's ...
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WonderCon@Home 2021 Program Highlights

Like last summer's Comic-Con International, this year's WonderCon is going virtual. For two days, activities planned include panels streaming and ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Mary Wharton's Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free opens with title cards revealing in 2020 a collection of 16 mm ...
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The Parallax View Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Second Entry in Pakula’s Political Paranoia Trilogy

Based on Loren Singer's 1970 novel of the same name, Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View is the second entry ...
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Laurel or Hardy: Early Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Blu-ray Review

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are a legendary comedy duo that had international success with both their silent and sound ...
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Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! (1970) Deluxe Edition DVD Review

Horton Hears a Who! was the second television special that combined the talents of author Dr. Seuss and animator Chuck ...
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Book Review: Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The Saga of Wanda and Vision

Tying in with Disney+'s WandaVision, Marvel has repackaged some of the duo's adventures in Vision & the Scarlet Witch: The ...
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Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series DVD Review

Previously an exclusive from Time Life, the landmark variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Series is now available ...
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Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 27: 1972-1974 by Chester Gould

As the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing continue to collect The Complete Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, Volume ...
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Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone Blu-ray Review

Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the The Godfather Part III , director/producer/co-writer Francis Ford Coppola recut the ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

During the summer of 1969, a remarkable music festival was held in New York that featured some of the world's ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Playing with Sharks

Playing with Sharks tells the story of Valerie (Hayes) Taylor, an amazing marine/shark conservationist. Well known in her home country ...
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The Court Jester Blu-ray Review: Danny Kaye Stars in a Comic Masterpiece

Paramount Pictures' The Court Jester, a grand musical comedy that showcases the talents of its star Danny Kaye, is a ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It tells the fascinating story of the triumphs and tragedies ...
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Batman: Soul of the Dragon Blu-ray Review: Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

Batman: Soul of the Dragon is the 41st film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. Under their Elseworlds ...
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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour was in support of his album Desire, released January 5, 1976 between the two ...
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Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 2 Blu-ray Review: A Second Helping of Silliness

The Warner Archive Collection has released the second volume of their Tex Avery Screwball Classics line, bringing the total number ...
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The Irishman (2019) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Welcome Addition to Martin Scorsese’s Filmography

Martin Scorsese's epic The Irishman makes a fitting bookend to his gangster films as one mobster tells his story while ...
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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind DVD Review: Something Very Special

Named after Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot's 1970 breakout hit in the United States, Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni's biographical documentary ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: My Psychedelic Love Story

(L-R): Timothy Leary and Joanna Harcourt-Smith in MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY. Photo Credit: Joanna Harcourt-Smith/Courtesy of SHOWTIME. My Psychedelic Love ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: Belushi

Set to air November 22 on Showtime, R.J. Cutler's Belushi is a standard biographical documentary that tells the regrettably all-too-familiar ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: Wolfwalkers

Made by the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s Wolfwalkers is the third in Moore's Irish ...
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His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Lyra and Daemons and Bears, Oh My!

Based on Philip Pullman’s fantasy book trilogy of the same name, His Dark Materials opens with graphics that explain the ...
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Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 1 Blu-ray Review: A Must-Own for Animation Fans

When it comes to the work of legendary animation director Fred “Tex” Avery, the stories typically show order giving way ...
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Masked and Anonymous Blu-ray Review: Too Freewheelin’ for Its Own Good

“I stopped trying to figure everything out a long time ago” is the last line of dialogue in Masked and ...
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ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas Blu-ray Review: The Rise of ZZ Top

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas is a documentary that tells the story of the band, from their ...
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Downton Abbey Movie Review: Fans Are Invited Back for a Royal Visit

After ending in 2015, Downton Abbey, the hit trans-Atlantic TV series that ran for six seasons, returns with a theatrical ...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Blu-ray Review: Long Live the King

Director/co-writer Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which takes its name (minus the exclamation point) from the re-edited American ...
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Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 Movie Review: They Will Choose Farewell

In 2014, Rush (guitarist Alex Lifeson, vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, and druumer Neil Peart) released R40, a collector's box set that ...
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Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray Review: The End of an Era

Starting with Iron Man (2008), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone onto to become a multimedia behemoth. It's been so ...
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Shazam! (2019) Blu-ray Review: DC Makes a Marvelous Movie

Although it's the seventh movie in Warner Brothers' DC Extended Universe series, David F. Sandberg's Shazam! comes across like it ...
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Aquaman Blu-ray Review: The Man Who Would Be Sea King

After appearing in Justice League, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) gets his own solo outing in the sixth installment of the DC Extended ...
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The Street Fighter Collection Blu-ray Review: A Thrilling Action Trilogy

Actor Sonny Chiba became an international sensation with the Japanese martial arts film, The Street Fighter, which saw him play ...
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The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration Blu-ray Review: Armed with Will and Determination and Grace, Too

As I wrote in my review of the documentary The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running, "On May 24, 2016, it ...
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The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running Blu-ray Review: Beating the Inevitability of Death Just a Little Bit

On May 24, 2016, it was announced that The Tragically Hip's lead singer Gord Downie had incurable brain cancer.  In ...
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Wonder Woman (2017) Blu-ray Review: Entertaining, Uplifting, and Empowering

In the on-going competition between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, the latter has struggled keeping pace with their movies this ...
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Book Review: James Bond: SPECTRE: The Complete Comic Strip Collection

Having previously collected and released the James Bond newspaper comic-strip adventures that ran in British newspapers, including in Omnibus Volumes ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review: At Its Core, The Series Is a Family Drama

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Cinema Sentries with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this post. The ...
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SPECTRE Movie Review: The Story That Baffled Me

SPECTRE is Eon Productions' 24th James Bond film and the fourth starring Daniel Craig.  The title is the name of ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Check This Series Out as Fast as You Can

When I first watched The Flash pilot "City of Heroes" at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, I thought that "while ...
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The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 Blu-ray Review

Murray Lerner filmed the performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, ’64, and ’65, and from those concerts created ...
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McLintock! (Authentic Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Review: An Entertaining Escape

Made by his own Batjac Productions, John Wayne stars as the titular McLintock! in a variation of Shakespeare's Taming of ...
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TV Review: The Flash (2014): ‘City of Heroes’

After two appearances in the second season of Arrow, Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) has been spun off into his ...
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Rollerball Blu-ray Review: Worth Viewing, but Didn’t Maximize Its Potential

Before Star Wars came along in 1977 and reminded moviegoers how much fun science fiction could be, most of the ...
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Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack Review

This volume of Dylan’s Bootleg Series is the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, which debuted ...
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Book Review: The James Bond Omnibus Volume 005 by Jim Lawrence & Yaroslav Horak

Continuing their release of the James Bond comic strips in an oversized omnibus format, Titan Books has released James Bond ...
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Man of Steel (2013) Movie Review: Man of Action, but Little Thought

Director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan, and writer David S. Goyer have delivered an adaptation of Superman that is parts ...
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Iron Man 3 Movie Review: Third Time’s a Charm

Not only does Iron Man 3 return the franchise to its glory, which I didn't find was as diminished by ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Review: Boldly Going Where They’ve Gone Before

As the May 17 release date for Star Trek Into Darkness approaches, it seemed like the perfect time for the ...
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Skyfall Blu-ray Review: Nobody’s Done It Better

Director Sam Mendes and his team deliver such a satisfying film in so many areas, Skyfall may well be my ...
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Licence to Kill Movie Review: Reconsidering the Revoking

Licence to Kill is the 16th installment in the James Bond franchise and was the second and ultimately final appearance ...
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The Spy Who Loved Me Movie Review: One of the Franchise’s Best

In the prologue to The Spy Who Loved Me, author Ian Fleming claimed it was a manuscript by a Canadian ...
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The Man with the Golden Gun Movie Review: All That’s Gold Does Not Glitter

Roger Moore made his second appearance as James Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun, which saw the secret ...
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Hondo (1953) Blu-ray Review: John Wayne Delivers a Standout Performance

Based on Louis L'Amour's short story "The Gift of Cochise," Hondo Lane (John Wayne) wearily walks out of the New ...
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Dr. No Movie Review: Introducing James Bond

Welcome to the first assignment of Operation: BOND as Cinema Sentries celebrates the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise ...
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Book Review: Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film by Ian Nathan

With Alien Vault, Ian Nathan has created the book of the year for film fans, one they will revisit in ...
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Take Shelter Movie Review: Preparing for the Storm

Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter is a compelling family drama anchored by Michael Shannon’s captivating performance as Curtis, a man whose ...
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Buy the Disc, Take the Ride

First appearing in the pages of Rolling Stone, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas details the drug-fueled ...
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Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1 DVD Review: A Study in Animation

Pixar Animation Studios has been the most consistently creative and innovative production company over the past twenty years. The company ...
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Blood Simple Blu-ray Review: The Coen Brothers’ Impressive Debut Launches a Few Careers

After a brief introduction (HD, 1 min) from Mortimer Young of Forever Young Films, where he explains the film has ...
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Killer Elite Movie Review: Better Than Expected

Adapted from Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ 1991 book The Feather Men, which claims to be based on a true story, director/co-writer ...
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The Hustler (1961) Blu-ray Review: This Disc is a Born Winner

Robert Rossen’s The Hustler is based on Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name and stars Paul Newman as pool ...
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X-Men: First Class Blu-ray Review: Arguably the Best of the Film Franchise

Director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn delivers first-class entertainment with X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the film franchise that presents the origins ...
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Topsy-Turvy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: It Is the Very Model of a Modern-Day Blu-ray Release

After five films, Mike Leigh took a break from modern-day kitchen-sick dramas and created Topsy-Turvy, a marvelous historical biopic about ...
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Blow Out Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Hearing Is Believing

Brian De Palma’s Blow Out is an intriguing political thriller that plays with the ideas of perception and cinema. These ...
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D23 Expo 2011: Walt Disney Studios Upcoming Live-Action Releases

Director and co-writer Andrew Stanton introduced John Carter, out March 9, 2012, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.  The ...
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D23 Expo 2011: Walt Disney Studios Upcoming Animated Releases

The Walt Disney Studios skipped Comic Con this year to present at their upcoming roster of films D23 Expo 2011, ...
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The Mikado Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Dated but Has its Charms

The Mikado is the ninth opera created by the tandem of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It debuted in London ...
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Laws of Gravity DVD Review: Scorsese’s Mean Streets Did It Before and Did It Better

Nick Gomez’ Laws of Gravity was his debut as a feature film writer and director and it is now part ...
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Presents the Rise of a New Franchise

While I am certain this phenomenon is not isolated to movies, it’s interesting how many devotees confuse having an opinion ...
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Book Review: Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

Tying in perfectly with Captain America: The First Avenger, one of the character’s co-creators, Joe Simon, has released his engaging ...
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Planet of the Apes (1968) Blu-ray Review: A Franchise Started with a “Smile”

Set in the year 3978, after having traveled for 2006 years, a trio of ANSA astronauts led by Taylor (Charlton ...
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AC/DC: Let There Be Rock Limited Edition Blu-ray Review: Bon Scott’s Last Tour

AC/DC’s 1980 concert film Let There Be Rock captured the Bon Scott-led version of the band at what would unknowingly ...
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Have a Laugh! Volume 3 and 4 DVD Review: Samplers of Disney’s Animated Stars

Disney’s Have A Laugh! series is aimed at introducing classic Disney cartoons to young children. Both recent volumes offer five ...
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Review: The Empire Strikes Back of the Harry Potter Series

As the film begins, the Death Eaters rampage has spilled over into the Muggle world while forces appear coming to ...
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Review

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is the fourth film of the series based on the fourth book of ...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Review: Why So Sirius?

It is year three for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends at Hogwarts School and the big news as the ...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Review: Mysteries and a Riddle

As Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins, life has slightly improved for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) at the Dursley ...
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Au revoir les enfants Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Louis Malle’s Remembrance of Things Past

Writer-director Louis Malle’s childhood informs Au revoir les enfants, a story about two boys at a Catholic boarding school in ...
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Game Review: Scene It? – Harry Potter 2nd Edition

Screenlife’s Scene It? is the first classic game of the 21st century. It combines aspects of Trivial Pursuit with the ...
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American: The Bill Hicks Story Blu-ray Review: Only the Ruthlessly Funny Die Young

Stand-up comedian Bill Hicks (1961-1994) was a provocateur, wanting his audiences to think just as much as they laughed. Referring ...
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Special Edition) DVD Review: Remains a Classic Adventure Film 30 Years Later

Inspired by the adventure serials they grew up with, George Lucas and Philip Kaufman worked on the story. Lucas then ...
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The Comancheros Blu-ray Review: The Duke Doesn’t Abide Bad Guys

Though not considered one his classic Westerns, The Comancheros is an enjoyable picture in John Wayne’s filmography, though I wouldn’t ...
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True Grit (2010) Blu-ray Review: Fill Your Hand With It

Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) because of his reputation for having grit and reveals that ...
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Platoon Blu-ray Review: A Balanced, Realistic Portrayal of War

MGM commemorates the 25th anniversary of Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon with its debut on Blu-ray. The film tells the ...
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Drive Angry DVD Review: Watch Disappointed

Nicolas Cage, a name you can no longer trust with your entertainment dollar, plays Milton, a man who busts out ...
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M*A*S*H Blu-ray Review: A Brilliant Military Farce

Based on Richard Hooker’s novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and, as it turns out according to the ...
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The Times of Harvey Milk Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: History in the Making

The Times of Harvey Milk is an outstanding documentary that presents an important chapter in the United States civil rights ...
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My Last Movie Before the Rapture

While I don’t understand it myself, a number of people in the media have apparently decided to stop paying attention ...
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Pirates of Tortuga DVD Review: A Love Story at its Core

Captain Bart (Ken Scott) and the crew of the Mermaid have been requested to stop the piracy of former British ...
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A High Wind in Jamaica DVD Review: This Children’s Pirate Adventure Blows

At the time of its release in 1965 A High Wind in Jamaica might have been an adequate adventure for ...
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Army of Shadows Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Different Kind of Spy Thriller

Writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows (1969) opens with a powerful image: an extended take of a long line of ...
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Friday the 13th (1980) Blu-ray Review: The Uncut Edition

After the success of John Carpenter’s Halloween, producer/director Sean Cunningham decided to rip it off, according to screenwriter Victor Miller. ...
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All-Star Superman Blu-ray Review: You Will Believe a Man Can Die

I’ve always been ambivalent towards Superman. Though a longtime fan of superheroes, I didn’t collect any of his comics unless ...
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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Movie Review

Even if you don’t know that Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is a continuation of the ...
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The Incredibles Blu-ray Review: An Incredible High Def Experience

The Incredibles is an imaginative story that makes the most of being an animated film, as evidenced by the stunning ...
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Fiddler on the Roof 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Norman Jewison’s Fiddler on the Roof has been released on Blu-ray in time for its 40th anniversary. The winner of ...
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U2 3D Movie Review: Almost Better Than the Real Thing

U2 3D raised the bar for concert films to a whole new level. Captured during U2’s Vertigo tour of 2005/’06 ...
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The Cure: Trilogy Blu-ray Review: A Wonderfully Draining Experience, Musically and Emotionally

Recorded live on November 11th and 12th in 2002 at the Tempodrom Berlin, The Cure played a concert that had ...
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The Who: Live at The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 DVD Review: Absolutely Brilliant

Throughout the ages, humanity has struggled to find the answers to great philosophical questions in the hopes of making sense ...
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Shine A Light DVD Review: The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese Deliver Satisfaction

Longevity in the arts can be a double-edge sword. Artists no doubt appreciate having long careers in the endeavors they ...
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Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (Director’s Cut) Blu-ray Review: The Beginning of the End of the ’60s

The Woodstock Festival of 1969 was much more than a concert, unintentionally becoming the symbol of the decade’s youth/hippie movement ...
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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous Time Capsule

During the Summer of Love, the weekend of June 16-18, 1967 to be specific, the Monterey International Pop Music Festival ...
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Seven Samurai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Cinematic Masterpiece of Epic Proportions

The premise of Seven Samurai is a simple one: a group of farmers hire seven samurai to deal with bandits ...
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Joyeux Noel Movie Review: Demonstrating People Are More Alike Than Different

Winter 1914 on the front lines of WWI in German-occupied France. The Germans are fighting against the French and the ...
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Album Reviews: The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass (Legacy Edition)

During the '90s as country music was getting a pop polish and alternative rock was becoming mainstream, the Jayhawks were ...
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The Lincoln Lawyer Movie Review: Guilty of Being a Very Good Film

Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer stars Matthew McConaughey in an impressive ...
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Book Review: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth, Ian Fleming’s estate commissioned author Sebastian Faulks to write Devil May ...
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Book Review: James Bond: The Union Trilogy by Raymond Benson

After a 15-year run that began in 1981, John Gardner retired from writing James Bond novels. The Ian Fleming estate ...
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Breathless (1960) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Crime Story, a Romance, and a Movie About Movies

Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless helped launch the French New Wave movement, which challenged norms of the medium. Godard's directorial choices appear ...
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Raging Bull 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: That’s Entertainment

Martin Scorsese's biography about middleweight boxer Jake "The Raging Bull" La Motta (Robert De Niro) is a fascinating spectacle of ...
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Iron Man (Ultimate 2-Disc Edition) Blu-ray Review: You Will Believe An Iron Man Can Fly

Having suffered through more misses than hits, comic book fans were understandably concerned about Iron Man, a second-tier hero for ...
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Movie Review: The Beginning of the End

As the last chapter of the Harry Potter saga commences, the evil Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) control over the Wizarding world ...
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The Town (2010) Movie Review: Crime and Some Punishment

Based on Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves, director Ben Affleck delivers an action-packed, suspense-filled crime drama populated with great ...
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ZZ Top: Double Down Live DVD Review: Two Shows, One Band

While not listed as an official commemoration of their 40th anniversary, Double Down Live celebrates ZZ Top and makes clear ...
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Toy Story 3 Blu-ray Review: You’ll Never Outgrow It

When a studio delivers a third installment in a series, it's often more focused on making money rather than making ...
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ZZ Top: Live From Texas DVD Review: Keeping the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Happy

Heading in to their 40th year, that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top continues to rock the house with ...
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Album Review: Pearl Jam: Live on Ten Legs

Pearl Jam begins the celebration of their 20th anniversary with the compilation album Live on Ten Legs, the title playing ...
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