Mat Brewster

The Cheat (1931) Blu-ray Review: Third Time Isn’t the Charm

I'm about two steps away from completely being a classic movie snob. I've loved classic movies pretty much my entire ...
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Torch Singer (1933) Blu-ray Review: A Very Modern Pre-Code

One of the interesting things about reviewing very old films is the tension between my modern standards and my understanding ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray Review: The Stories Feel Undercooked and Underwhelming

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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Hot Saturday Blu-ray Review: Fascinating Pre-Code Shenanigans

Had Hot Saturday (1932) been made just a few years later, it would have been a completely different film. It ...
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Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman Blu-ray Review: This Set Is a Must-buy

Sam Katzman got his start in the movies working as a stage laborer in the early 1920s. He moved up ...
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The Fourth Victim Blu-ray Review: Stay Till the End

A pretty blonde woman lounges languidly in the swimming pool of a large estate. When her cigarette pops a hole ...
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Mona Lisa Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Neo-noir with a Mystic Smile

The first time I remember seeing Bob Hoskins was as Eddie Valiant the hard-boiled, yet ultimately soft-hearted detective working for ...
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The Awakening (2011) Blu-ray Review: Half a Great Ghost Story

I love a good ghost story. Unlike any other genre, they seem to be able to create a mood within ...
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The Brotherhood of Satan Blu-ray Review: Panic in a Small Town

As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, America's cultural mores began to shift dramatically. The birth control pill fuelled the ...
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Ashes and Diamonds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Polish Masterpiece

A little over a decade ago my wife and I lived in Shanghai, China. At the time, and probably still ...
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Friday the 13th 8 Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: The Paramount Films

In the Spring of 1980, a little-known director named Sean. S. Cunningham made a low-budget horror film called Friday the ...
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Born for Hell Blu-ray Review: Too Exploitative for the Arthouse, Too Damn Slow for the Grindhouse

During one long, hot night in Chicago in the summer of 1966, Richard Speck held nine student nurses hostage. Over ...
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Union Pacific Blu-ray Review: The Great Train Epic

Westerns love trains. Almost as much as they love horses and saloons. There are westerns where a stranger comes to ...
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No Time For Love Blu-ray Review: No Time for Colbert and MacMurray

Coming off the huge success of It Happened One Night (1934), Paramount quickly began looking for another romantic comedy for ...
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Vengeance Trails: 4 Classic Westerns Blu-ray Review: Proving There’s More to Spaghetti Westerns than Sergio Leone

The western was one of the more prominent genres of American cinema from the 1930s through the 1950s. As it ...
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Deep Cover Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review: Neo-Noir with a Message

Russell Stevens (Laurence Fishburne) is a good cop. He's also a black man. And a good, black cop is exactly ...
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Shenandoah Blu-ray Review: Indifference in a Time of War

Charlie Anderson (James Stewart) is a good man. He's built a big, beautiful farm in Virginia. He's raised six sons ...
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The Gilded Lily Blu-ray Review: Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray’s First Team-Up

By the time The Gilded Lily was made in 1935, Claudette Colbert was a huge star. She'd gained notoriety in ...
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British Noir III DVD Review: A Nice but Slight Look into the Genre

Film noir seems like the quintessential American genre. The French term literally means black film and was used as a ...
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Alias Nick Beal Blu-ray Review: A Faustian Noir

For the last four or five years, I've participated in #noirvember, that's hashtag speak for film noirs in November. It ...
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Icy Breasts Blu-ray Review: A Cool French Noir

I am a collector, a list maker, and a spreadsheet creator. There is something so satisfying about making a list ...
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (35th Anniversary) Steelbook Blu-ray Review

I am proud to say that I am a member of Generation X. Or as proud as a Gen X-er ...
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Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers (1973-1977) Blu-ray Review: A Great Overview of the Poliziotteschi Genre

The Italian Giallo is generally considered to be a subgenre of horror. This makes plenty of sense as they are ...
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There Was a Crooked Man… Blu-ray Review: Revisionist Western Could Have Used a Few More Revisions

The western is, perhaps, the most malleable and everlasting American film genre. Though it has certainly been in decline for ...
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The Prince’s Voyage Blu-ray Review: A Film Only the French Could Make

My wife and often operate on different wavelengths when it comes to cinema. We share a lot of common ground, ...
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The Legend of Hei Blu-ray Review: A Must-See For Animation Fans

As I was watching The Legend of Hei (on Shout! Factory's new Blu-ray release, coming this Tuesday) I kept thinking ...
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Memories of Murder Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The South Korean Zodiac

A woman has been brutally raped and murdered. Her body was shoved into a drain ditch. Detective Park Doo-man (Song ...
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Death Has Blue Eyes Blu-ray Review: It’s a Mastorakis Mess

Greek writer, producer, director Nico Mastorakis has had a long, strange career. He started out as a reporter, becoming the ...
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The Invisible Man Appears Blu-ray Review: It Can Finally Be Seen

Why is it that in seemingly every depiction of an invisible man in the movies, the ability to turn invisible ...
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Earwig and the Witch Blu-ray Review: A Lesser Effort from Studio Ghibli

Famed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in August of 2014. As he was the co-founder and main creative ...
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Céline and Julie Go Boating Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Long, Strange, Riveting Film

Julie (Dominique Labourier), a young woman with big, curly red hair, sits on a park bench distractedly reading a book ...
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Crossfire (1947) Blu-ray Review: Film Noir with a Message

Crossfire, Edward Dmytryk's 1947 film which crosses classic noir tropes with an anti-racist message, is now getting a nice-looking Blu-ray ...
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On-Gaku: Our Sound Movie Review: A Lo-fi Delight

On-Gaku: Our Sound is a lo-fi animated treat from director Kenji Iwaisawa about a trio of high school delinquents who ...
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Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks is the Pick of the Week

Well, hi there. It has been a long time since I've written one of these. Dave has done such a ...
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The Last Starfighter Blu-ray Review: Tailor Made for 1980s Gamers

As a kid growing up in the 1980s, I loved video games. In the summer, my cousins and I would ...
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Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) Blu-ray Review: Abbott and Costello Meet the Giant

When I was a kid, my uncle and cousins were all huge Three Stooges fans. I much preferred Abbott and ...
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Joint Security Area Blu-ray Review: Friendship and Murder in the DMZ

I first came to Park Chan-wook's films, like I suspect a lot of other Americans did, through Oldboy, his 2003 masterwork ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray Review: The Stakes Have Gotten Higher but the Fun Has Gotten Smaller

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Mat Brewster with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this post. The opinions ...
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season Review: So Much Fun

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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Five Cool Things and Possessor

For nearly four months now, my family and I have gotten up on Saturday mornings, piddled around, watched TV, and ...
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EMMA. (2020) Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Confection

Bill Nighy is a treasure.  I almost said "national treasure" there but since he’s English and I’m American I suppose ...
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Fathom Events and TCM Present King Kong (1933)

In 1929, while filming baboons in Africa on the set of The Four Feathers, director Merian C. Cooper developed the ...
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Five Cool Things and Hunters

I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  I had a great time with mine and my wife’s family.  I ...
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: Legendary Fun

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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Five Cool Things and Friday the 13th

This getting older thing is kind of a bummer.  The other day I was bemoaning how old I'm getting and ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray Review: Slow It Down, Flash!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Mat Brewster with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this post. The opinions ...
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season Three Blu-ray Review: Legendary Television

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this Blog Post. The ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: Faster than Ever

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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A Quiet Place Blu-ray Review: Shhhhhh

To make a film filled with long silences and almost entirely free of audible dialogue is a bold choice.  To ...
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Festival (1967) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Better Than Woodstock

In the early part of the 20th Century, various folklorists, including John Lomax, wandered about the country documenting the songs ...
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The Flash (2014): The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review: The Fastest (and Best) Superhero Show On TV

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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Five Cool Things and Foo Fighters

I try to go into movies cold, knowing as little as possible about them.  I might watch a trailer and ...
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Wolf Guy Blu-ray Review: Too Much Guy, Not Enough Wolf

I've said it before, and I'll say it on a continuous loop until it stops being true: we live in ...
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Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Glimpses into the Heart of the Artist

By the time Bob Dylan toured England in the Spring of 1965, he’d released five albums (two of which went ...
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Cemetery Without Crosses Blu-ray Review: An Obscure French Western Gets Its Day

About the time the western genre was growing stale in America, European filmmakers picked it right back up.  More than ...
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Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (Deluxe Edition) DVD Review: Star-studded, Jam-packed, Mid-career Celebration of One of Rock’s Greats

The 1980s were not particularly kind to Bob Dylan.  There were a few highlights including successful tours with Tom Petty ...
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Casino Royale (2006) Movie Review: James Bond Gets a Reboot in a Remake and It’s Remarkable

We were very big Remington Steele fans, my family and I. So much so that we still tell this story ...
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Octopussy Movie Review: Can’t Live Up To Its Name

When I was a kid, my family and I would spend a couple of weeks with my dad's clan in ...
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