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Attack of the Robots (1966) Blu-ray Review: Eddie Constantine Lays His Cards on the Table

Crafted in the wake of Jean-Luc Godard's immortal Alphaville ‒ a deadpan French New Wave satire of contemporary espionage and sci-fi films ...
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Universal Horror Collection, Volume 2 Blu-ray Review: Atwill Employment, Mostly

The phrase "classic Universal horror" is most likely to get a vintage monster movie enthusiast to talk nerd shop about ...
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The Accidental Tourist (1988) Blu-ray Review: Good Grief

Though he is probably only known to the current generation of stalwart moviegoers as one of the writers of several ...
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Gotham (2014): The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review: So Far, So Good

The ascension to success is quite often a very bumpy climb. Just ask Gotham's hero Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Poor ...
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Twilight Time Presents: Sprawling Epics, Sidney Poitier, and a Serial Killer?

From the rise and fall of great lands to the genesis of new ones, and a few odd points in-between, ...
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Twilight Time Presents: Five Selections of Summer

Once again, a seemingly brief period of time has passed by, leaving in its wake a stack of movies on ...
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Gotham (2014): The Complete First Season DVD Review: Jim Gordon Steps Up to Bat

Being a more "reserved" nerd - one who does not attend conventions, camp out in line for things, spend time ...
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To Sir, With Love (1967) Blu-ray Review: Twilight Time Goes to School

By today's standards, the classic movie motif of a determined teacher reaching a group of tough, underprivileged kids in an ...
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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) DVD Review: Let’s Give the Boy a Hand

As DVD quickly started to become the norm in the late '90s, many a classic horror film was brushed off ...
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The Uninvited (1944) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Who ‘Ya Gonna Call?

In today's era of mishmash horror moviemaking - wherein there's a new Paranormal Activity flick released every other year - ...
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Sex Kittens Go to College DVD Review: Oh, Dear God, Please Make It Stop!

Ah, the wonderful world of exploitation. After studios and filmmakers such as AIP and Roger Corman began to make hip ...
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Mindwarp (1992) / The Other (1972) Blu-rays Review: Happy Halloween from Twilight Time

Holding up to the classic cry of "Trick or treat!" youngsters are apt to beckon homeowners to handfuls of candy ...
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Nightmare Honeymoon DVD Review: Can I Get an Annulment Over Here?

As events near and far forever altered the world throughout the '60s and '70s, the well-known face of cinema began ...
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Modern Family: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: Yet Another Mouth to Feed

Were the average individual to take the time to peruse the annals of sitcoms from both the past and present, ...
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Killing Season (2013) Blu-ray Review: More Like Retiring Time

For every motion picture performer, there comes a time when all that matters is a quick and easy paycheck. It ...
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Tarzan (1966): The Complete Second Season DVD Review: Wither Ron Ely

As the old saying goes, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." When motion pictures first came ...
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The Tin Star (1957) / Nichols: The Complete Series DVD Reviews: Lawmen of a Different Color

In the annals of the western, there is perhaps no greater character than that of the local sheriff. Sometimes he's ...
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William Powell at Warner Bros. DVD Review: The Early Adventures of a Thinner Man

Everyone needs a role model. Especially when they're growing up. As a young lad, I found myself at odds with ...
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The East (2013) Blu-ray Review: Anarchy in the USA?

First, there was Gregory Nava's El Norte in 1983. Next, Victor Erice followed suit by delivering El Sur unto us ...
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La Cage aux Folles Criterion Collection DVD Review: Classic French Farce Bliss

Eighteen years before the enjoyable-but-ultimately-uncalled-for remake, The Birdcage hit theater screens across the world, La Cage aux Folles first introduced ...
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In the Flesh: Series One DVD Review: Leave It to the Brits to Make Zombies Human Again

Anymore, it seems the word "zombie" is synonymous with a well-placed sigh of exasperated annoyance - garnished with a complete ...
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The Odd Angry Shot Blu-ray Review: The Occasionally Aggressive Movie

While the various horrors in Southeast Asia were rarely ever touched upon by any significantly major movie studios during the ...
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Hands of a Stranger (1962) DVD Review: Different Take, Same Ol’ Story

From the opening shot of Hands of a Stranger, one gets the distinct impression that the director of this low-budget ...
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An American Hippie in Israel Blu-ray Review: The Rocky Hebrew Picture Show

At first glance of the title, An American Hippie in Israel seems like some sort of joke. And indeed, it ...
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Hands of the Ripper Blu-ray Review: Jack the Ripper’s Bastard Daughter Goes Psycho!

Oh, it never fails, does it? You grow up in squalor, the young teenaged ward of a nefarious phony séance ...
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The Frozen Dead (1966) DVD Review: Pre-Hip Unhip Nazi Zombies

Throughout the annals of filmdom, there has been an trait wherein filmmakers aspire to live up to the old adage ...
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The Accursed [aka The Traitor] (1958) DVD Review: Early Christopher Lee? Sold!

Every once in a while, something gets pried out from within cracks of time. In the instance of The Traitor ...
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The Devil’s Backbone Criterion Collection DVD Review: Hell Is for Children

During the mid '90s, my fascination with all things foreign and artsy-like led me into the welcoming arms of two ...
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Babette’s Feast Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tale of Love, Life, and Food

Gabriel Axel's multiple award-winning film Babette's Feast takes place almost entirely in a tiny, remote, 19th century village somewhere near ...
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Rick Moranis: My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs Album Review: Mazel Tov, You Hoser!

There's a dazzling moment with the antagonists of Mel Brooks' comedy classic Blazing Saddles wherein the always-excellent Slim Whitman suggests ...
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The Beasts Are on the Streets DVD Review: Live-Action Hanna-Barbera Mayhem!

From the earliest days of cinema, filmdom's original filmmakers - those brave, experimental individuals who would pave the way for ...
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Mitchell (1975) DVD Review: Uncut, Uncensored, and Uncouth – The Way It Should Be!

After quickly rising out of the mists in an uncredited bit in Cool Hand Luke in 1967, Texas-born character actor ...
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Bus Stop (1956) Blu-ray Review: Marilyn Monroe Finally Goes to Acting School

Fifty-one years after her tragic death, Marilyn Monroe has managed to land a number of personas in the public eye. ...
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Bullet to the Head (2012) Blu-ray Review: Stallone Takes Us Back to the Past. Again.

When I first saw some sort of shrapnel about Sylvester Stallone being in a film entitled Bullet to the Head, ...
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Blood and Sand (1941) Blu-ray Review: Three-strip Technicolor Death in the Afternoon

Growing up in the shadow of your father is never an easy task for a young lad - especially when ...
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In Old Arizona Blu-ray Review: Proof Not All Classics Are Classic

When Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace first started teasing moviegoers and nerds everywhere in the late 1990s, ...
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Man of Steel (2013) Movie Review: A Movie Made Solely to Sell Kiddie Meals

Upon the release of Skyfall, regular ol' filmgoers and trolling fanboys alike started to point out all the similarities between ...
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Teenage Rebel DVD Review: Without a Clue (or Widescreen)

In the 1950s, a life-threatening menace began to rear its ugly head to all good, God-fearing, red-blooded Americans who valued ...
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Call Me Mister DVD Review: That’s MISTER Mister to You

Adapting a series of comedic sketches into a feature film is probably not the wisest move one can make. Sure, ...
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Jubal Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Shakespeare in the Wild West

While traditional and contemporary adaptations of William Shakespeare's works have been coming and going since someone figured out how to ...
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The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker DVD Review: Unremarkable Non-Anamorphic CinemaScope Fluff

As soon as those infernal television set devices were installed into American homes and began to receive incoming transmissions of ...
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Wake Up and Live (1937) DVD Review: Fun Vintage Semi-Musical Hijinks

You might think that the concept of filmmakers adapting other people's works so loosely that the byproduct doesn't even come ...
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The Wild Geese Blu-ray Review: When Brits Go Badass

Contrary to what most of today's youth might falsely believe, the all-star adventure action flick has been around for several ...
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The Oranges Blu-ray Review: A Conventional Tale of Unconventional Romance

During the middle of the previous decade, my girlfriend at the time and I were hooked on three specific television ...
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Whispering Ghosts DVD Review: Milton Berle, Ghost Hunter

The very genre of comedy owes an insurmountable debt of gratitude to many of its unsung screenwriters who worked hard ...
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The Moon Is Down DVD Review: Suicidal Norwegians vs. the Nazi Menace

Based on the 1942 novel by John Steinbeck by the same name, 20th Century Fox's 1943 ode to freedom The ...
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Surf Party (1964) DVD Review: How NOT to Throw a Beach Party

Though the concept of a moving picture story set on the beach depicting the everyday lives of youngsters skilled in ...
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Pierre Etaix: Criterion Collection DVD Review: Affordable Pricelessness

For many of the "average" citizens living within the confines of the continental United States of America, the concept of ...
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Texas Chainsaw 3D Blu-ray Review: Wither Heatherface?

While I was never a "huge" fan of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre series (the ones that started with The ...
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Heavenly Shades of Delight: Twilight Time’s Blu-ray Releases, Volume Three

Once more, friends, we (or rather I) invite you to join me as I poke about a bit with some ...
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Berlin Correspondent DVD Review: A Nifty L’il WWII Espionage B-Flick

For many B-movie lovers like myself, the late great German-born Martin Kosleck will perhaps be best remembered as the mad ...
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The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe DVD Review: For Curiosity Seekers Only

While he was one of the authors who appealed to me during those days of darkness that dominated both my ...
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Carnival in Costa Rica DVD Review: An Endless Unfunny Rom-Com Musical

In case it has slipped past both your central and peripheral paths of vision in recent years, the residents of ...
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George A. Romero’s Knightriders (1981) Blu-ray Review: The Most Sincere, Underrated Drama About Adult Outcasts Ever Made

The setting is a quiet forested area, with a gentle, calming body of water nearby. A king awakens completely nude ...
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John Dies at the End DVD Review: Hey, Thanks for the Spoiler Alert!

Every filmmaker has some sort of visual signature that can be easily recognized in their works. Sometimes, such as in ...
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Warlock (1959) DVD Review: A Dynamic Western Presented in an Outdated, Eviscerating Format

OK, so let me bring you up-to-date here, kids: recently, Fox Cinema Archives released several classic motion pictures - originally ...
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Oh, Men! Oh, Women! DVD Review: Oh, Brother!

If someone were to voluntarily stroll up to me and willingly make it a point to talk to me about ...
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The Marriage-Go-Round DVD Review: James Mason, ’60s Swinger at Large!

Adapting a work from one form of entertainment to another is not an easy task. Imagine, if you will, what ...
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Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence DVD Review: Or, Before They Were Stars: The Movie

Everyone remembers the late great actor Glenn Ford for a different reason, whether it be his roles as Pa Kent, ...
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Pier Paolo Pasolni’s Trilogy of Life Criterion Collection DVD Review: Make Mine Bunuel

As one of those individuals that became the slightly pretentious artsy-fartsy feller during his teenage years whilst growing up in ...
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Ripper Street: Series One Blu-ray Review: As My Teachers Always Said: Needs Improvement

Some will tell you that life imitates art. Others will insist that the opposite is true. Personally, from what I've ...
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Raiders from Beneath the Sea DVD Review: ‘As Far As I’m Concerned, You Stink of Trouble!’

When I received my copy of Raiders from Beneath the Sea in the mail, I knew I by the artwork ...
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Parental Guidance (2012) Blu-ray Review: Usually, Jokes are Funny – But Hey, Why Kill Time Laughing?

In an early episode of Scrubs, Neil Flynn's Janitor character sprayed Zach Braff's fictional persona of J.D. in the crotch ...
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Heavenly Shades of Delight: Twilight Time’s Blu-ray Releases, Volume Two

What do classic musicals, aerial races, William Faulkner, and flesh-eating zombies have in common? Not much, really - apart from ...
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She Played with Fire (Fortune Is a Woman) DVD Review: Jack Hawkins, Ladies Man?

Some people you simply don't associate with certain types of roles. Like Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rubble. Or John Wayne ...
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Heavenly Shades of Delight: Twilight Time’s Blu-ray Releases, Volume One

I know it's one of those things that we all hate hearing about, but nevertheless, it's true: the economy in ...
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Night of the Devils (1972) Blu-ray Review: Sexually-Charged Psychosomatic Italian Horror at its Finest

Were I given the opportunity now to do a high school report on Italy, I would list the boot-shaped country's ...
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A Late Quartet Blu-ray Review: Christopher Walken Finally Gets to Play a Real Person!

As just about anyone who has ever surfed either the shelves of a video store's "hip" section or scoured throughout ...
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Red Dwarf X Blu-ray Review: Series IX? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Series IX!

More than 24 years after it first hit the airwaves of a perplexed BBC and delighted jaded science-fiction comedy viewers ...
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Police Academy: The Animated Series, Volume One DVD Review: From Caddish to Kiddie

It never fails to amuse me how something so decidedly adult in nature can sometimes turn into a franchise aimed ...
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V/H/S DVD Review: Definitive Proof as to Why Beta Was Better

Some of you may remember a point in the history of home video wherein amateur filmmakers who had managed to ...
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Savages (2012) Blu-ray Review: Oliver Stone Makes a Torture Porn Flick

At the very beginning of Oliver Stone's Savages, we are greeted to the sight of Taylor Kitsch's bare ass in ...
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The Adventures of the Wilderness Family DVD Review: The Defining Moment of an All but Dead Subgenre

Following the events of a seemingly-endless war in Vietnam and the horrid realization that mankind was emitting excessive waste into ...
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Lili DVD Review: When Is a Musical Not a Musical?

Question: When is a musical motion picture actually not a musical, despite the fact that it contains every cinematic musical ...
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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Blu-ray Review: Most Righteously Recommended, Dude

The year was 1989. It was an awkward twelve months all around, especially for a discomfited tween such as myself ...
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Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines DVD Review: Who Needs Originality When You Have Direct-to-Video?

A nearly-forgotten Canadian rock band from the '80s called Eight Seconds once declared in a tune "Your voice is for ...
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Bones: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray Review: Enter the Pregnant Lady

It's always been said that, should your television series be showing some serious signs of redundancy or you just can't ...
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Alcatraz: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: More Mysterious Mystical Crap from J.J. Abrams

Every year, J.J. Abrams brings us yet another television series. Around that same time every year, I grow a little ...
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The Game (1997) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Edgy and Uneven, But It Grows on You

There's nothing taking time out of your everyday boring routine to play a fun game with your friends. In the ...
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The Robert Mitchum Film Collection DVD Review: A Gallant Line-up of Shamelessly Repackaged Releases

In keeping up with their recent line-up of Film Collection releases (box sets featuring highlights from Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, ...
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Les Visiteurs du Soir Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Medieval Tale of Love and Fate

In late 1942, when the surreal French fantasy Les Visiteurs du Soir was first released in good ol' gai Paris, ...
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People Like Us (2012) Blu-ray Review: Wait, This Isn’t the Sequel to Spies Like Us

Family. Yes, there's nothing like your own flesh and blood to screw up your entire existence and make you never ...
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Best of Bond…James Bond: 50 Years – 50 Tracks Review: An Outstanding Collection

Bond. James Bond. For some, it's the man itself that makes them jump up and down with delight -- personal ...
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Bait 3D (2012) Blu-ray Review: Sharks in a Supermarket

Russell Mulcahy, ladies and gentlemen. Fans of a certain franchise about an immortal Scotsman who says "There can be only ...
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October Baby DVD Review: Pro-Life Christian Propaganda from a Hate Group

I suppose being an depressed asthmatic epileptic is something of a load unto itself for a college coed with dreams ...
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Confessions of an Opium Eater DVD Review: Would You Like a Side of Beef, or a Side of Man?

By 1962, motion picture producer Albert Zugsmith had been far removed from the Universal science fiction classics that he will ...
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Chillers (1987) DVD Review: Generic Grape Juice Does Not Fine Wine Make

For those of you who — like me — miss those days of wandering through mom-and-pop video stores in search ...
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The Living Daylights Movie Review: It’s Not Easy Being the New Guy, Especially When You’re the New Guy’s Substitute

As anyone who ever found themselves making that awkward transition from one school to another during their years spent in ...
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Two and a Half Men: The Complete Ninth Season DVD Review: How to Carry On After Your Star Gets Fired

The loss of a lead performer in a film or television franchise can be a truly devastating ordeal — whether ...
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Lonesome (1928) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Sometimes, Happiness is Just a Neighbor Away

There’s nothing like a little alone time to give you some perspective on your situation in life — especially when ...
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Revenge: The Complete First Season DVD Review: Very Little Here You Can’t Find in a Daytime Soap Opera

Since the dawn of television itself, there have been countless attempts to turn popular big screen movies into a long-running ...
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Moonraker Movie Review: Even an Established Film Franchise Can Bow to a New Trend

After 33 years, what is honestly left to be said about Moonraker that hasn't already been touched upon? I certainly ...
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Hercules, Samson and Ulysses [Ercole sfida Sansone] DVD Review: Sea Monsters! Lion Strangling! Hamstrings!

Though filmed in 1963, Pietro Francisci’s final contribution to the peplum (sword and sandal) genre — a little ditty called ...
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Death Wish II / Death Wish 3 / Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Blu-rays Review: The Cannon Days

It took eight years for someone to make a sequel to the original film adaptation of Brian Garfield’s novel, Death ...
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The Hedgehog [Le Hérisson] (2009) DVD Review: Eccentric Esoteric French Fare. Golly Gee.

When it comes to stories concerning the most esoteric and eccentric of life’s inhabitants, our brothers and sisters in France ...
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Mondo Bastardo: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Dreadful

Sometimes, you just never know what movie you want to pick out to watch. Artwork and taglines deceptively lure you ...
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Leverage: The 4th Season DVD Review: Like a Needle Stuck in a Groove

When Leverage first aired on TNT several years back, the modern-day spin on the classic espionage series Mission: Impossible seemed ...
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Get the Gringo [aka How I Spent My Summer Vacation] DVD Review: Mel Gibson is Back in Action

Of all the fallen Mels out there eager to make a comeback (Mel B., Mel C., Mel Sharples) with the ...
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Operation Bikini DVD Review: Frankie Avalon and Tab Hunter in World War II!

Released only five months before he was to become a cult icon in the epic Beach Party films, singer/actor Frankie ...
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The Three Stooges: Rare Treasures from the Columbia Pictures Vault DVD Review: An Excellent Collection of Odds and Ends

Anyone who has always been a fan of the immortal slapstick comedy The Three Stooges brought us over the course ...
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Spin a Dark Web [aka Soho Incident] DVD Review: Forgotten British Film Noir

With all the great American film noir movies out there, forever leaving their mark on experienced and newbie fans of ...
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Mirror Mirror (2012) Blu-ray Review: Please, Make It Stop!

When I sat down to soil myself in horror over the fetidness only Mirror Mirror could deliver, I had to ...
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Wilfred: The Complete First Season DVD Review: Thank You, Australian Television

Out of all the television producing and filmmaking countries in the world, there are perhaps two that Americans love to ...
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Mondo Bastardo: Spaghetti, Sleaze, and Mysteries

It’s time to let our fingers wander through the shelves as I introduce you to a new feature, Mondo Bastardo ...
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The House on Garibaldi Street DVD Review: Primetime TV Nazi Hunters

Though their contributions to mankind will — thankfully — never be looked upon in a positive light by anyone other ...
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The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan: The Complete Series DVD Review: Wham-Bam, They’re in a Jam!

Ever since his very first moving picture appearance in the now-lost 1926 film The House Without a Key, Charlie Chan ...
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Thin Ice (2011) / The Convincer Blu-ray Review: Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin Reunite

As someone who occasionally forms ideas and words together with the hopes of someday turning them into an actual bona ...
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Outlaw Trail DVD Review: The Trails Blazers Save the Day (Again)

From the very first time the moving picture industry first started showing double features at the bijou every Saturday to ...
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Women in Danger: 1950s Thrillers DVD Review: Highly Recommended

When soldiers pass their prime, they look forward to assistance from the VA. When a judge retires, he or she ...
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Yesterday’s Enemy (1959) DVD Review: Hammer Films’ Contribution to the War Genre

Based on the 1958 BBC teleplay of the same name, the 1959 World War II drama Yesterday’s Enemy brings us ...
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Act of Valor Blu-ray Review: Better Than You Might Expect

The very thought of an action film starring non-actors can send chills up your spine. Imagine what might have happened ...
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Blu-ray Review: Food for the Mills of Hell

Well, boys and girls, that clown Nicolas Cage has done it again: absconded with a heap of dough, and leaving ...
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Bad Ass Blu-ray Review: A Film that Absolutely Reeks of Mediocrity

For those of you who saw and enjoyed Machete as much as I did, you might have found yourself wondering ...
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The Last Posse DVD Review: An Overlooked B-Western Gem

There’s nothing I like more than sitting back and watching a good ol’ B-Western, and 1953’s The Last Posse is ...
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This Means War Blu-ray Review: More Absolute Yuck from McG

Late last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing the wonderful 1933 comedy Design for Living — the story about ...
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Without a Trace: The Complete Third Season DVD Review: Primetime Filler

My first viewing experience of Jerry Bruckheimer’s Without a Trace really wasn’t much of a voluntary one. I was reviewing ...
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Sherlock: Season Two Blu-ray Review: Contemporary Genius

It doesn’t matter we’re talking about a gifted mathematician or an extremely skilled plumber: every genius is that of a ...
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Red Tails (2012) DVD Review: George Lucas Drops the Ball Again

If there is any one subject that doesn’t get enough screen time, it’s that of the Tuskegee Airmen. These legends ...
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Inch High, Private Eye: The Complete Series DVD Review: Kick-Ass Hanna-Barbera Fun

Once again, it’s time for us to dive into another vintage Hanna-Barbera classic from the folks at Warner Brothers. While ...
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The Last Mile (1959) DVD Review: Mickey at His Rooniest

Prior to their great success in the British horror film industry with the highly prolific Amicus Productions, American-born filmmakers Max ...
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The River: The Complete First Season DVD Review: Oren Peli’s Paranormal Holocaust

While police procedurals are and always have been a dime a dozen when it comes to television shows, the horror ...
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Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave DVD Review: Gems Indeed

You never really know what to expect from the more “arty” contributions the world of international cinema has to offer ...
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Underworld: Awakening Blu-ray Review: Can This Series Really Have a Nadir?

Like its zombie counterpart — the increasingly-tedious Resident Evil series — the vampire/werewolf Underworld film franchise has now reached a ...
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Chapter Two (1979) DVD Review: Dull Neil Simon Melodrama

During the ’70s and ’80s, there was an onslaught of Neil Simon plays being adapted in movies. He was at ...
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Tom and Jerry: Around the World DVD Review: A Bad Trip

In all the world of home media, there is perhaps nothing as dreaded as the proverbial “best of” compilation — ...
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The Three Stooges (2000) DVD Review: Nowhere Near as Bad as its Reputation

Though he is not at all seen as being the quintessential spokesperson for people of Jewish heritage today, there was ...
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Flicka: Country Pride Blu-ray Review: Talk About Beating a Dead Horse

It’s rare you see a movie these days that bears an honest-to-goodness G rating. I figured the MPAA just up ...
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Strip Strip Hooray! DVD Review: A Sexual Sextuplet of Sleaze

In the middle of 2007, a crushing blow was delivered to the lovers of the truly bizarre, the sleazy, and ...
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W.E. Blu-ray Review: Evidently, Madonna Didn’t Have Enough Material for One Whole Film

Whenever a singer ventures over into the world of motion pictures, the results are usually dire. Let’s take Madonna’s career ...
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The Convoy Collection DVD Review: Highway to Haul

A good exploitation filmmaker is quick to cash in on a craze. Unfortunately, most of the bad ones are, too. ...
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Pal Joey Blu-ray Review: Joey’s Definitely a Pal of Mine

”Some guys have a system with horses, and I got a system with dames. It’s a snap. You treat a ...
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Pharaoh’s Curse (1957) DVD Review: Silly, Dumb, and Very Enjoyable

It’s too bad that Joe Flaherty’s epic SCTV character Count Floyd never hosted an actual bona fide version of “Monster ...
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Young, Violent, Dangerous DVD Review: A Healthy Dose of Italian Cheese

There’s nothing worse than a tale of good boys gone bad. Well, actually, there are: in the case of the ...
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Swamp Water Blu-ray Review: Jean Renoir Comes to America

The legendary Okefenokee Swamp of Georgia has always presented its share of challenges. For some, it’s a difficulty in pronouncing ...
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Picnic (1955) Blu-ray Review: William Inge’s Play Comes to Life

Sometimes, all it takes is for one stranger to come-a-roamin’ into town for everything and everyone to change. In the ...
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The Darkest Hour (2011) Blu-ray Review: Attack of the Imperceptible Intruders

“I’m trying to keep my freak-out on the inside!” —Sean (Emile Hirsch), as he and his pals are attacked by ...
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A Night to Remember (1958) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Stunning Presentation for a Genuine Classic

“I don’t think the Board of Trade regulations visualized this situation.” —Capt. Edward John Smith (Laurence Naismith), upon learning his ...
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Nightmares (1980) DVD Review: Australia’s Contribution to the Slasher/Giallo Genres

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And, while they may be correct in their assumption, they ...
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We Bought a Zoo Blu-ray Review: A Whole Hell of a Lot Better Than Buying the Farm

As soon as you see the words “From the Director of Jerry Maguire” on the cover of We Bought a ...
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Hornets’ Nest (1970) DVD Review: Not Really Recommended but Good for a Gander

As anyone that can even vaguely recollect their years in school can attest to, kids can be cruel. And Rock ...
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Letter Never Sent Blu-ray Criterion Collection Review: A Survival Flick from Russia?

A survival flick from Russia? Well, I suppose if there was one civilization that has learned to adapt, it was ...
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The Descendants Blu-ray Review: A Dynamic Drama from Alexander Payne

Based on the debut novel of Hawaiian born writer Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants stars the always-great George Clooney as ...
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Savage Sisters (1974) DVD Review: Filipino Exploitation Madness

How does one even begin to describe Savage Sisters? Well, first off, it’s a film from the one and only ...
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Anatomy of a Murder Criterion Collection DVD Review: Anatomy of a Classic

Surprisingly, during all those years that I spent sitting in front of my television as a kid, watching one classic ...
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The Town Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Double Dipping? You Bet Your Affleck It Is!

After making his feature-length directorial debut in 2007 with his crime drama Gone Baby Gone, many people started to believe ...
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Tooth Fairy 2 Blu-ray Review: Dumbfounding in Its Dumbness

Someday, when we reach that climactic moment in history wherein we hold “comedian” like Larry the Cable Guy responsible for ...
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I Melt with You Blu-ray Review: Unforeseeable and Unforgettable

Anyone who has ever experienced failure knows what it feels like. Sure, it’s relatively easy to get over a slight ...
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Wyatt Earp’s Revenge DVD Review: Just Another Lousy Modern Western

Can somebody please explain to me where the western genre went wrong? Even when I look at a really bad ...
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Columbus Circle Blu-ray Review: A Turkey of a Thriller from Kevin Pollak

Over twenty years ago, I saw the great Kevin Pollak for the first time on cable TV doing a killer ...
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The Roots of Heaven Blu-ray Review: John Huston Has an Off-Day

”They have to capture, kill, destroy everything — all that’s beautiful has to go, all that’s free. Soon we’ll be ...
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Rapture (1965) Blu-ray Review: A Forgotten, Poignant Masterpiece

Prior to the advent of home video, it was very easy for a movie to simply fall far into the ...
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J. Edgar Blu-ray Review: Bloated Hollywood Makeup Drama

Have you ever seen an overzealous costume drama that reveled in its own fantastical wardrobe department more than anything? Clint ...
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Mandrill Blu-ray Review: Chile’s Contribution to the Neo-Grindhouse Genre

Americans aren’t the only ones who can make modern grindhouse movies. Our cousins in Chile evidently took a cue from ...
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Looney Tunes Super Stars: Pepe Le Pew DVD Review: Le Win

As some of us sit and wonder if we’ll ever see one über-definitive ginormous anthology that delivers every Looney Tunes ...
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The Son of No One Blu-ray Review: “Meh, I Saw That One Coming”

New York City-based filmmaker Dito Montiel teams up once again with Channing Tatum — his star of 2009’s Fighting — ...
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The Deadly Spawn Blu-ray Review: A Wonderful Slice of Gory, Cheapo ’80s Sci-Fi / Horror that Delivers

One of the most cherished memories of my mostly-wasted teenage years was the time I spent renting obscure horror and ...
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Treasure Train Blu-ray Review: I’m Being Punished for Something, I Know It

Normally, I’m one to welcome a kooky French flick with open arms and baguette. In the case of the French/Canadian ...
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Ferry to Hong Kong DVD Review: The Beginning of the End for Orson Welles

Just one year after the disastrous debut of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil in 1958, the mighty auteur found himself ...
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5 Star Day Blu-ray Review: A Movie About Life, Love, and Manure

Anyone who has ever glanced at their horoscope can attest those astrological predictions are not always what they're cracked up ...
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Survive! DVD Review: Mexploitation Cannibal Goodness with Hugo Stiglitz

Some of you may remember the 1993 film Alive, which depicted a Hollywood account of the fateful Uruguayan Air Force ...
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The Rebound (2009) Blu-ray Review: A MILF and a Twenty-something Guy Walk into a Movie…

Yup, it’s another chick flick, kids. But what sets The Rebound apart from its multiple competitors out there is that ...
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The Thousand Plane Raid DVD Review: An Ode to Stock Footage

Sometimes, you just have to praise the almighty gods of film for the invention of stock footage. Having such a ...
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Fright Night (1985) Blu-ray Review: Already Hard-to-Find, but Definitely Worth It

Though most of his efforts to the world of film have been forgettable at best since, Tom Holland definitely made ...
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Zone Troopers DVD Review: Nazis, Aliens, and Tim Thomerson, Too!

It seems that, if there’s a certain movie I want that hasn’t been released on DVD yet, all I have ...
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Gog DVD Review: The Final Chapter in Ivan Tors’ OSI Trilogy

In September of 2003, I made one of my few trips away from home to attend the World 3D Film ...
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Jerry Lewis as The Jazz Singer (1959) DVD Review: Jerry Sings? Oy Vey!

Yes, you read that right: Jerry Lewis as The Jazz Singer. As if the 1980 musical version of Samson Raphaelson’s ...
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Mercenary Fighters DVD Review: When Cannon Films Roamed the Earth

Back when the mystical movie workshop of the Cannon Group was still goin’ strong, the filmmaking duo of Menahem Golan ...
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Division III: Football’s Finest Blu-ray Review: Andy Dick Jokes Do Not a Movie Make

For those of you who have ever found themselves lying awake in bed, unable to sleep, fathoming mysteries such as ...
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The Big Year Blu-ray Review: One of the Best Family-Friendly Comedies of 2011. Seriously!

As Adolfo Celi’s Emile Largo once said to Sean Connery’s James Bond in Thunderball, “Every man has his passion.” Now, ...
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Mysterious Island (1961) Blu-ray Review: Herbert Lom as Captain Nemo? Sold!

During the ’50s and ’60s, Hollywood was experimenting with one crazy newfangled idea after another: CinemaScope, surround sound, Jerry Lewis ...
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10 Things I Hate About You: Season One, Volume Two DVD Review: Canceled Too Soon?

Wait, they made a series out of that movie? Indeed they did! For those of us who don’t bother paying ...
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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Blu-ray Review: A Cinematic Ipecac

Dear Adam Sandler; Go to Hell. Please. For reals. Sincerely,Me When I first saw the previews for Bucky Larson: Born ...
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The Black Cobra / No Survivors Please DVD Review: Two Kooky Titles from West Germany

Sometimes, I get this urge. A longing to sit back and switch off the more cerebral functions of that which ...
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Colombiana DVD Review: Uninspired, but with a Decent Soundtrack

They say you start to repeat yourself as you get older. This is evidently the case with Luc Besson, the ...
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Body Puzzle DVD Review: Gory Goofy Great

Listening to Modest Mussorgsky’s powerful “Night on Bald Mountain” can prompt men to do very strange things. In the case ...
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In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds Blu-ray Review: Uwe Boll is Back, and Badder than Ever!

While many moviegoers and critics alike curse the fact that he was ever born in the first place, I think ...
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Great White Death DVD Review: A Silly Sharksploitation Schlockumentary

After the astonishing success of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws in 1975, budget filmmakers around the world were determined to jump out ...
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The Left Hand of God DVD Review: Another Fine Humphrey Bogart Flick

Upon one’s initial glance at the cover of Edward Dmytryk’s The Left Hand of God, the common goad is to ...
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Straw Dogs (2011) DVD Review: How to Ruin a Classic

Generally, when the modern-day monarchs of Hollywood decide to remake a classic motion picture, they opt to “re-envision” it instead ...
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Design for Living Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Delightfully Risque Pre-Hayes Code Romp

”It’s amazing how a few insults can bring people together in three hours.” ”It was certainly good to hear all ...
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Santa Claus (1959) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Who Needs LSD When You Have This?

It is frequently hailed as one of the weirdest Christmas movies ever made. It was lampooned in the mid ’90s ...
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Murder Obsession (Follia Omicida) DVD Review: Hey, Logic is for Losers!

Michael Stanford (Stefano Patrizi) is a young actor who occasionally suffers from strange flashbacks concerning the death of his father, ...
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WWII Double Feature: Jungle Patrol / Silent Raiders DVD Review: Two Forgotten Gems from VCI

I have many guilty pleasures when it comes to film. Cliffhanger serials, Italian horror movies, European spy flicks — I ...
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Golden Needles DVD Review: Joe Don Baker Kicks Ass in Hong Kong

Golden Needles is one of those movies that could have been better — memorable, even — had any of its ...
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The Stunt Man (1980) DVD Review: One of the Best Damn Movies Ever. Ever.

Director Richard Rush had a vision. He wanted to adapt The Stunt Man, a novel by Paul Brodeur, into a ...
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The Rules of the Game (1939) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Jean Renoir, Je T’aime

I have no choice but to dismiss you. It breaks my heart, but I can’t expose my guests to your ...
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Ghost Warrior DVD Review: Like a Corny Tabloid Headline Come to Life

Based on an idea by low-budget filmmaker Charles Band, the fanciful Ghost Warrior is a spin on the timeless “fish ...
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Enter the Ninja DVD Review: ‘So, Who Are You Going to Kill Next, Mr. Ninja?’

Some movies are born unto greatness, achieving staggering heights of recognition rarely ever matched by imitators — the likes of ...
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Kill a Dragon DVD Review: Don’t Train It; Kill it!

”Look, Limey: you swish your way, and I’ll swish mine!” – Vigo (Aldo Ray) in drag, upset at being told ...
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Frankenhooker Blu-ray Review: Nobody Makes Movies Like Frank Henenlotter!

There aren’t very many movies out there that have been publicly endorsed by both Joe Bob Briggs and Bill Murray. ...
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Stagecoach (1966) DVD Review: The Version Everyone Forgot About

There’s just something about redheaded women that make men want to fight over ’em. Within the first few minutes of ...
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The Last Gun / 4 Dollars of Revenge Blu-ray Review: A Double Dose of Mediocrity

When someone hears the phrase “Spaghetti Western,” there’s a damn good chance a vision of Clint Eastwood wearing a poncho ...
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Quigley Down Under Blu-ray Review: Yet Another Reason Tom Selleck Kicks Ass

”This ain’t Dodge City — and you ain’t Bill Hickok.” – Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) confronts his former one-time employer, ...
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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Blu-ray Review: ‘Gesundeidt’

When you look at the cinematic contributions Walter Matthau left behind upon his death in 2000, one tends to commonly ...
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Malone (1987) DVD Review: Hey, Little Sister, Shotgun?

Anyone who grew up in the ’80s probably remembers seeing a certain videocassette in the stores at one point or ...
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The Stool Pigeon (2010) Blu-ray Review: Contemporary Hong Kong Action at its Finest

It’s rare that a movie can employ that timeless-yet-tired ol’ Yuletide tune, “White Christmas,” and actually not make you want ...
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The Mysterious Monsters DVD Review: Peter Graves Hunts for Bigfoot!

How would you set about trying to prove the existence of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster to skeptics and ...
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Galaxina / The Crater Lake Monster Blu-ray Review: Two Crazy Crown International Titles Go Blu

If you’ve ever seen some of the god-awful movies that independent film studio Crown International Pictures released like The Beast ...
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The River Murders DVD Review: All Kinds of Awful

I vaguely recall a time wherein actors Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames, and Christian Slater were slightly admired — maybe even ...
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My Cousin Rachel (1952) DVD Review: A Victorian Era Psychological Thriller?

What’s this? A Victorian Era psychological thriller from the writer of Rebecca and The Birds? Why, yes, indeed! Based on ...
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The Flim-Flam Man (1967) DVD Review: George C. Scott at His Most Amusing

”You can sell anything on God’s green Earth if a customer believes it’s stolen.” –George C. Scott as Mordecai C. ...
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Sugar Hill (1974) DVD Review: The Grandmother of All ’70s Blaxploitation Zombie Flicks!

”I give you your revenge! Put them to evil use; it’s all they know — or want.” - Baron Samedi ...
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The Howling: Reborn Blu-ray Review: Direct-to-Video meets Direct-to-Bargain-Bin

From the very first frame, it’s clear to even a single-celled organism with a solitary intelligence quota point that The ...
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Act of Vengeance (1974) DVD Review: Watch Out, Men, ‘Cuz the Rape Squad is Here!

Filmmaker Bob Kelljan started off with a promising enough career at AIP Studios in 1970 writing and directing the cult ...
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Book Review: The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood – A Highly Recommended Reference Book

Recently in the history of our humble little planet, we’ve witnessed a ruthless dictator’s toppling demise, the occupation of Wall ...
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Grayeagle DVD Review: Charles B. Pierce’s Faux Native American, er, “Epic”

During the last portion of the 20th Century, filmmakers became slightly attracted to the notion of making moving pictures about ...
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Straw Dogs (1971) Blu-ray Review: Don’t Mess With Dustin Hoffman, Dammit!

”This is where I live. This is me. I will not allow violence against this house. Don’t worry.” –David Summer ...
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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Blu-ray Review: Why Bother?

One of the delightful things many people enjoy when watching vintage flicks from the Golden Age of Hollywood is spotting ...
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The Tempest (2010) Blu-ray Review: A Nightmare of Pretentiousness

In the recent Big Box of Wood release from S’More Entertainment, filmmaker/Ed Wood historian Ted Newsom commented that, while Wood’s ...
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Hong Kong Confidential (1958) DVD Review: Pour Yourself a Martini and Enjoy the Fun!

By 1958, Gene Barry had already established himself as something of a star among moviegoers, having won The War of ...
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Hickey & Boggs DVD Review: Definitely Worth Checking Out

”Nobody came.” “Nobody cares.” –Bill Cosby and Robert Culp as Al Hickey & Frank Boggs (respectively), ironically predicting how the ...
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The Incredible Melting Man DVD Review: ‘Epically Awful’ at its Finest

”Magnificent! You’ve never seen anything until you’ve seen the sun through the rings of Saturn!” –Alex Rebar as astronaut Steve ...
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The Magnificent Seven / Return of the Seven Blu-ray Reviews: MGM Reissues Half of a Previously-Released Set

It’s really not something that’s bound to come up in most history classes, but America has this odd tendency to ...
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Henry’s Crime Blu-ray Review: Keanu Reeves Branches Out

What is Henry’s Crime? Apart from a poor title, it’s a movie about some poor dope by the name of ...
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Norwegian Ninja DVD Review: A Tale of Bizarre Absurdist Comedy

Movies that depict events of real-life political scandals usually wind up being about as memorable as the entire career of ...
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Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Blu-ray Review: Oh, Dear God, No!

Just when you think that that god-awful mega-super-evil conglomerate known as Walmart couldn’t get any more malicious towards its ignorantly ...
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The Beaver (2011) Blu-ray Review: A Terrific Film with Some Dazzling Performances

I have literally seen several thousand movies — and I am not in any way trying to brag when I ...
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Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man DVD Review: A Truly Mind-Blowing Experience

In the early ’70s, cop flicks were all the rage. Witness, for example, the oh-so-spectacular Dirty Harry franchise from the ...
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Overboard (1987) Blu-Ray Review: A Fun Throwback to the Screwball Comedy

”Billy, there is a God and he loves me!”“You’re not gonna shave your head, are you?” Noted film critic Andrew ...
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Be Cool Blu-ray Review: The Filmmakers Should Have Followed That Advice

We’ve all heard of the wonders of “Movie Magic.” No, I’m not referring to the screenwriting software, but rather to ...
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Stake Land Blu-ray Review: It Goes for the Throat

In the film industry, all it takes is one hit. Zombieland -- a film that I really did not enjoy ...
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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Movie Review: An Extreme Guilty Pleasure

Long before the term “direct-to-video” was even so much as a twinkle in a greedy movie exec’s eye, the idea ...
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