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Flying Guillotine Part II Blu-ray Review: Double the Guillotine, Double the Fun

In 1975, Shaw Brothers Studio released The Flying Guillotine. It is about an elite group of guards to the emperor ...
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season Blu-ray Review

DC's Legends of Tomorrow is a show that learned to break out of its genre's conventions and embrace the inherent ...
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Planet of the Vampires Blu-ray Review: A Low Budget Masterpiece

Mario Bava's work as a special effects designer and cinematographer before he became a director is apparent in all the ...
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The Righteous Blu-ray Review: An Audacious First Film

A married couple grieving for their lost daughter. A stranger at the door asking for help. Then asking for something ...
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Martial Club Blu-ray Review: Come for the Action, Stay for the Moral Lessons

The more Shaw Brothers kung fu movies I watch the more I get into their grooves and understand their tropes. ...
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Hell High Blu-ray Review: Watching It Is Pure Hell

The slasher subgenre of horror was in serious decline in 1989. Audiences, even the very forgiving horror hounds, had grown ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII Blu-ray Review

The thing about film noir is that it is a genre without definition. Unlike something like westerns or science-fiction, genres ...
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The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) Blu-ray Review: Come in with Flynn

One of the great joys of becoming a classic film enthusiast is discovering an actor or actress and then immediately ...
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One-Armed Boxer Blu-ray Review: Delivers a Nuttiness Desired in An Old Kung Fu Movie

A man walks into a bar and notices another man sitting at his table. He tells the man that he ...
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) Blu-ray Review: Well Worth Watching to See Spencer Tracy Play Against Type

Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel Strange Case Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was originally sold as a penny dreadful and ...
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The Initiation of Sarah Blu-ray Review: A Made-for-TV Carrie Rip-Off

In 1976, Brian De Palma released the supernatural horror movie, Carrie. Based upon Stephen King's first published novel of the ...
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Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers by Enzo G. Castellari Blu-ray Review: Quintessential Italian Crime Dramas

God bless Italian filmmakers. They were consistently making great films in an astonishing array of genres for a good three ...
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The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter Blu-Ray Review: One of the Greatest Kung Fu Movies Ever

I don't know why but there seems to be a great influx of kung fu movies coming to Blu-ray of ...
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Monkey Kung Fu & Shaolin Mantis Blu-rays Review: For Those Who Like Animals with Their Kung Fu

88 Films continues their monthly tradition of releasing excellent versions of classic (and not so classic) Shaw Brothers kung fu ...
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The Flag of Iron & Legendary Weapons of China Blu-ray Review: Two Classics from Shaw Brothers Studios

Last month in my review of Disciples of Shaolin, I noted how much I loved old kung fu movies as ...
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Stage Fright (1950) Blu-ray Review: Second-Tier Hitchcock Is Still Good Cinema

Stage Fright, Alfred Hitchcock's thriller from 1950 begins with a great curtain that opens to reveal a shot of, not ...
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Disciples of Shaolin Blu-ray Review: Socially Conscious Kung Fu

When I was a kid one of the local television stations used to run what they called Kung Fu Theater ...
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Two from Sergei Eisenstein: October & Alexander Nevsky DVD Reviews

Sergei Eisenstein was one of the most important film theorists and directors of early cinema. If he didn't invent the ...
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Counterpoint Blu-ray Review: Battle of the Cellos

Towards the end of World War II, soldiers gather in a bombed-out church to listen to a symphony orchestra as ...
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The Accused (1949) Blu-ray Review: Works Something Like a Film Noir in Reverse

The classic film noir plot goes something like this: a man, usually a not too bright one, meets a woman ...
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Legendary

In my reviews of previous seasons of Legends of Tomorrow, I've discussed my love for how this series understands how ...
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Breakheart Pass Blu-ray Review: Like an Agatha Christie Western

Take a moment and look at the cover art for this Blu-ray which is the recreation of the original poster. ...
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The Sheik (1921) Blu-ray Review: A Silent and Problematic Classic

In December of 1912 a beautiful young man with the unlikely name of Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filiberto Guglielmi di ...
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The Incredible Shrinking Man Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Giant-Sized Fun

I wonder what it is about stories of humans being shrunk down to tiny size or living in a land ...
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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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Lupin III: The First Blu-ray Review: Lots of Fun

Arsène Lupin the great master of disguise and gentleman thief was created by  Maurice Leblanc in 1905. The character originally ...
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Mouchette Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: So Beautiful, So Sad

The opening scene to Mouchette, Robert Bresson's 1967 drama, finds a young man tying little loops of wire to branches ...
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Popeye (1980) Blu-ray Review: A Strange Little Miracle

That Popeye got made at all is a small wonder. That it is really quite wonderful is nothing short of ...
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The Deeper You Dig Blu-ray Review: A Terrific Low-budget Horror

In a small, dark bar, in a small New York hamlet, Kurt (John Adams) eats a grubby little dinner and ...
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Focus Features 10-Movie Spotlight Collection Blu-ray Review

Last week I reviewed a 10-film collection from Blumhouse Productions, a relatively young studio that specializes in low budget films. This ...
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Blumhouse of Horrors 10-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: A Mixed Bag

For over a decade now, Blumhouse Productions has specialized in making small budget films, mostly horror, that give their directors ...
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Brute Force & The Naked City Criterion Collection Blu-ray Reviews: A Jules Dassin Double Feature

There are over 1,000 movies in the Criterion Collection, these are two of them. Jules Dassin has five films thus ...
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The Balcony Blu-ray Review: Cinematic Satire, I Guess

The Balcony (1963) is a cinematic adaptation of the French play by the same name from writer Jean Genet. It almost ...
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Breezy Blu-ray Review: Like Sunday Morning

An old, cynical man meets a young woman and is changed by her zeal for life. It is a tale ...
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The Sign of the Cross Blu-ray Review: Saints and Debauchery in a Pre-Code Epic

Claudette Colbert naked in a bath filled donkey's milk. Well, topless at least. And the milk was powdered cow's milk ...
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Cry Freedom Blu-ray Review: A Fight for Justice

As our culture continues to shift towards something like equality, it is difficult sometimes to watch and critique older films ...
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There’s Always Tomorrow Blu-ray Review: A Nuanced Portrayal of a Man Grown Bored with His Life

Twelve years after making the perfect film noir, Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwcyk starred in another movie about a married ...
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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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Toni Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Influential French Drama

In 1934, acclaimed French director Jean Renoir left the studio in Paris and headed for the countryside in the south ...
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Tender Mercies Blu-ray Review: A Gentle, Beautiful Film

Two men brawl over a bottle of whiskey in a run-down old motel room. One man falls, or is possibly ...
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Life Is a Long Quiet River Blu-ray Review: It Could Use a Few Noisy Rapids

A nurse, Josette (Catherine Heigel), is in love with Doctor Mavial (Daniel Gélin), whom she works for. He continues to ...
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Raid on Rommel Blu-ray Review: Raids Other Films for Ideas

As an American of 40 some odd years of age, I'm ashamed to admit I don't know that much about ...
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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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Batwoman: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: The Arrowverse Finally Goes to Gotham

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this article. The opinions ...
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Backlash (1956) Blu-ray Review: Searching for Gold and Daddy

A woman rides up to a man digging in the dirt in what appears to be an abandoned camp out ...
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Bloodstone Blu-ray Review: Indiana Jones and the B-Movie Knock-Off

Arrow Video continues to release HD versions of the film of Greek director/writer/producer Nico Mastorakis, and I am here for ...
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The Eagle and the Hawk Blu-ray Review: World War I Was Hell

Over the last few months, I've watched three World War I films (All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory, and ...
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Hiroshima Blu-ray Review: Unrelenting Terror

The sky is a pale blue. Big, white clouds float by. It looks peaceful. It won't for long. This is ...
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Black Rainbow Blu-ray Review: A Spiritual Thriller

What happens when your fake medium act turns real? When you've been pretending to see visions of dead people in ...
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The Quest (1986) Blu-ray Review: Sit This Adventure Out

Fresh off the enormous success of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Henry Thomas, the fresh-faced star of that film must have been offered ...
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Zombie for Sale Blu-ray Review: A New Take on an Old Genre

One would think the zombie movie would be completely played out by now. There have been countless films about the ...
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Audie Murphy Collection Blu-ray Review: War Hero Becomes a Movie Star

Towards the end of the tenth and final episode of Band of Brothers, HBO's acclaimed miniseries that follows Easy Company from ...
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Tony Curtis Collection Blu-ray Review: Charming

Reason #473 that I love boutique labels such a Kino Lorber: they allow us to dig into various genres and ...
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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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The World in His Arms Blu-ray Review: Swashbuckling Gregory Peck

Last week I watched three films that are part of Kino Lorber's ongoing Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema collection. After ...
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Book Review: Gramercy Park by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux

On top of a tall building stands a woman. She keeps bees. She talks to them. She loves them. Across ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IV Blu-ray Review: Too Much Melodrama, Not Enough Noir

For Part IV of their Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema series Kino Lorber Studio Classics is releasing three films from ...
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America as Seen by a Frenchman Blu-ray Review: A Fascinating Snapshot in Time

I've been lucky enough to have done a bit of traveling in my life. I've lived in France, Belgium, and ...
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Blood Tide Blu-ray Review: Fun and Monsters in the Greek Sun

Can I consider myself a fan of a filmmaker after hating one of his films, liking another one, and kind-of ...
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The Flesh and the Fiends Blu-ray Review: Selling Corpses in Scotland

For centuries the science of anatomy lagged behind other fields of study due to cultural norms and religious beliefs concerning ...
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White Fire, The Wind, and Why Don’t You Just Die! Blu-rays Review: Three from Arrow Video

As the world continues to move towards consuming media through an increasing number of streaming platforms, there is a niche ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III Blu-ray Review: Gambling, Murder, and Back Alley Adoptions

If you are a fan of film noir, I hope you've been paying attention to Kino Lorber, the boutique video ...
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Sixteen Candles Blu-ray Review: A Problematic but Worthwhile Film

As someone who grew up in the 1980s, the films of John Hughes, especially the teen comedies he wrote during ...
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Western Classics I Blu-ray Review: Dust, Grit and Cowboys A-Plenty

The western is a uniquely American film genre. It tells stories of cowboys and natives, of a country lighting out ...
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Universal Horror Collection Volume 5 Blu-ray Review: Woman Versus Beast

Horror movies often manifest from a culture's deepest and darkest fears. It is no coincidence that Godzilla was born in Japan only ...
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Beanpole Blu-ray Review: Love and Suffering in Post-War Russia

It seems a rare thing these days where a movie about war is able to make an effective statement. War ...
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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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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema II Blu-ray Review: Three Little-known Noirs Well Worth Your Time

Is it just me or has film noir made an incredible and strange comeback? The oft-imitated, but difficult to define ...
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Indiscretion of an American Wife (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Love and Loss at the Train Station

My wife and I were strictly long distance for the first couple of years of our relationship. When we first ...
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Barbara Stanwyck Collection Blu-ray Review: Not Barb’s Best

Double Indemnity is one of my favorite film noirs which makes it one of my favorite movies of all time. Barbara ...
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Secret Ceremony and Love Among the Ruins Blu-rays Review: Small Casts, Great Dramas

In our modern cinematic world of superheroes, Jedis, and super-sized monsters, it sometimes feels like there is no more room ...
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Underwater (2020) Movie Review: Kristen Stewart Takes a Dive

Deep inside the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest undersea trench - which at its deepest is some 34,000 feet below ...
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Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review: Rosemary’s Baby Meets the Exorcist

It is a universal truth that whenever anything is successful someone else will come along and copy that thing. Usually, ...
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The Passion of Darkly Noon Blu-ray Review: The Story Goes Nowhere

A man, dressed in a suit and tie but bruised and battered, comes running through the woods. He stumbles and ...
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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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One Missed Call Trilogy Blu-ray Review: Let This One Go to Voicemail

A group of friends are hanging out. A cell phone rings, but nobody recognizes the ringtone. Finally, someone realizes it ...
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Manon Blu-ray Review: Doomed Love in Post-war France

Manon Lescaut is an 18th Century novel by Antoine François Prévost. It was controversial at the time of its release, for ...
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Deadly Manor Blu-ray Review: A Complete and Total Dud

A group of teenagers decides to go camping at the lake. Four of them are in a Jeep, two drive ...
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Edge of the Axe Blu-ray Review: Careful with That Axe, Psycho Killer

It is always fascinating to me when the makers of low-budget slasher films try to inject their films with an ...
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Brewster’s Millions Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Maybe Worth a Hundred

In 1902, George Barr McCutcheon, writing under the pseudonym of Richard Graves, wrote a novel entitled Brewster's Millions. In it, a ...
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Fathom Events and TCM Present An American in Paris

In the late 1940s, MGM executive Arthur Freed attended a production of George Gershwin classics and became inspired by 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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The Magic Sword Blu-ray Review: Dragons, Princesses, and Basil Rathbone

Poor Basil Rathbone. After finding great success on stage and the screen, after becoming a huge star playing Robin Hood, ...
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Blue Collar Blu-ray Review: Workingman’s Blues

After finding great success as a screenwriter on such movies as The Yakuza (directed by Sydney Pollack), Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese) and Obsession (Brian De Palma), ...
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Stick Blu-ray Review: Burt Reynolds Should Have Stuck to Acting

More than half of Elmore Leonard's novels have been turned into movies (and more than a few were adapted twice, ...
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Universal Horror Collection Volume 3 Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Scary

Universal horror will always be synonymous with a handful of monsters and the dozens of films the studio made starring ...
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A Sunday in the Country Blu-ray Review: A Day in the Life

Never was a film so aptly titled as A Sunday in the Country. The only way to make it more accurate ...
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She (1984) Blu-ray Review: Post Apocalyptic Nonsense

I wonder if you could draw a line from the sword and sandal epics from the early 1960s to the ...
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Tunes of Glory Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Acting Tour de Force

I have been on a bit of an Alec Guinness kick of late. He's an actor I knew and loved ...
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Long Day’s Journey into Night (2018) Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Dream

You gotta love marketers. They can make you lots of money and screw you at the same time. Bi Gan's ...
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Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection Blu-ray Review: Becoming a Master

From a very early age, Alfred Hitchcock knew he wanted to be in the filmmaking business. He read the trade ...
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The Anne Bancroft Collection Blu-ray Review: Prepare to Be Seduced

Anne Bancroft landed her first film role in 1952 as a lounge singer in Don't Bother to Knock. For the next ...
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The Fly Collection Blu-ray Review: Be Excited, Be Very Excited to Own This

It is a deceptively simply story. A man invents a machine that can instantly teleport matter from one place to ...
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Jake Speed Blu-ray Review: When Indiana Jones and Brendan Fraser Aren’t Available, Call Jake Speed

My mother likes to call the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies “a poor man's Indiana Jones.” What she means is that both series ...
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The Fare Blu-ray Review: Groundhog Day in a Cab

A taxicab driver named Harris (Gino Anthony Pese) gets a call to pick up someone in the middle of nowhere. ...
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Funan Blu-ray Review: A Genocide Through the Eyes of One Family

In the mid to late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia as one of the most brutal regimes in modern ...
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Thor Movie Review: God of Boring

Before I became a bonafide fan of the MCU, I watched their movies whenever I got around to it. Sometimes ...
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Hitch Hike to Hell Blu-ray Review: Put Your Thumb Down and Run

If you are a fan of Netflix's excellent series Mindhunter, then you may feel a sense of familiarity with Howard (Robert Gribbin), ...
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Flowers in the Attic (1987) Blu-ray Review: I Think They Wilted

I have this memory in which my mother gives me a copy of V.C. Andrews' 1979 novel Flowers in the Attic. ...
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Charley Varrick Blu-ray Review: No Country For Walter Matthau

When I think of Walter Matthau, which is more often than you'd think, I think of him as a comic ...
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Woman in Hiding Blu-ray Review: Worth Looking For

It is funny how when you discover something you'd never noticed before you suddenly start seeing it everywhere you look. ...
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It Always Rains on Sunday Blu-ray Review: A Slice of Post-War London

A man breaks out of prison and returns to the home of his former fiancee. They were set to be ...
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The Man Between Blu-ray Review: Out of The Third Man’s Shadow

It is difficult not to compare The Man Between, Carol Reed's 1953 thriller to a film he made four years earlier, The ...
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Seven Days to Noon Blu-ray Review: A Very Good Drama

The atomic bomb not only helped win World War II and fueled the Cold War for years after it, but ...
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Naked Alibi Blu-ray Review: Gloria Grahame Steals the Show

The cops pick up a guy on a drunk and disorderly. He doesn't have any identification but says he's a ...
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Apprentice to Murder Blu-ray Review: Graduated to Boring

The early 1970s saw several British films being released that have been defined as “folk horror” by fans. These are ...
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Ringu Blu-ray Review: One Ring That Started Them All

Japanese folklore has long included ghosts who haunt the living because they died with anger, rage, fear, or some other ...
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Scarface: The World Is Yours Limited Edition Review: Say ‘Hello’ to Your New Christmas Present

In the opening of Howard Hawks's gangster film Scarface (1932), we see a title card that notes that the film is an indictment ...
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La Marseillaise Blu-ray Review: Viva La Revolution!

The French Revolution is one of the most important events of modern history. That mere commoners - people stricken with ...
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My Boyfriend’s Back Blu-ray Review: A Light Comedy with Zombies

There has been a lot of bemoaning over the last few years about how Avenger-sized films have destroyed the mid-budget ...
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And Soon the Darkness (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: And Eventually the Thrills

Two British nurses, Jane (Pamela Franklin) and Cathy (Michele Dotrice), take a cycling holiday in rural France. They've planned their ...
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Nightmare Beach Blu-ray Review:  Somebody Wake Me Up

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to mix an ‘80s slasher with an ‘80s spring break comedy, ...
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Hercules in the Haunted World Blu-ray Review: Sword & Sandals Meets Horror

For decades the Italian film industry often emulated the successful films of the United States. Through the late 1950s and ...
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The 1980s were a great time for horror movies in general and slasher flicks in particular. With the advent of ...
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Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection Blu-ray Review: Trailblazing

Several weeks ago, I randomly decided to watch On Dangerous Ground, the pretty good film noir by Nicolas Ray from 1951. ...
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The Hills Have Eyes, Part 2 Blu-ray Review: Flashback City

Wes Craven is often placed near the top of lists concerning the greatest horror filmmakers of all time, and rightly ...
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Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Seriously Weird

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this article. The opinions ...
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In the Aftermath Blu-ray Review: An Odd Mishmash of Live Action and Animation

In The Path to Aftermath, an extra included in Arrow Video's new release of In The Aftermath, producer Tom Dugan explains that in ...
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Un Coeur En Hiver Blu-ray Review: A Man Without Feelings

In movies and on television, a sociopath - someone who doesn't have real feelings or emotions - is usually depicted ...
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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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Hussy Blu-ray Review: You’ll Wonder If You Haven’t Seen It Before

If there was a template for the movie genre where a nice boy falls for a hooker and complications ensue ...
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Who Saw Her Die? Blu-ray Review: Bond Does Giallo

Poor old George Lazenby. When Sean Connery quit the James Bond gig (for the first, but not last time) after You ...
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Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: Too Much Preaching

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The Chairman Blu-ray Review: Mr. Peck Goes to China

For their third and final collaboration director J. Lee Thompson and Gregory Peck made The Chairman, a spy thriller about an ...
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The Quiller Memorandum Blu-ray Review: Next Time Make It a Mission Statement

With the success of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962 there was a mad rush of spy films ...
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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 Case of Hana & Alice Blu-ray Review: An Animated Slice of Life

In 2004 Japanese director Shunji Iwai made Hana & Alice, a live-action movie about two high school students who both fall ...
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John Carpenter’s Vampires Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Put a Stake in It

An armored van pulls up to a dilapidated house. A group of scruffy-looking men and a priest get out. The ...
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Wizard World Tulsa 2019 Review: My Last Con, This Time I Mean It

Several years ago while chaperoning a group of college students through Europe as part of a study-abroad program my wife ...
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The Lavender Hill Mob / The Man in the White Suit Blu-rays Review: An Alec Guinness Two-Fer

This weekend I caught a Fathom events screening of Lawrence of Arabia. That is a movie made for the big screen ...
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Alps Blu-ray Review: Weird, Wild, and Confusing

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos often makes movies about insular groups of people who live in absurdist worlds that create and ...
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Straight Forward: Series 1 DVD Review: Should Have Taken a Curve

One of the worst parts of being a semi-professional reviewer is that you sometimes have to watch and talk about ...
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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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Murdoch Mysteries: Season 12 DVD Review: A True Delight

I am an unabashed detective story/crime drama/mystery fan. Whether these tales are being told via novels, comics, movies, or television ...
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The BRD Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Fassbinder at His Best

When World War II ended, Germany was due a reckoning. As a nation, they had to come to terms not ...
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The Good Place: The Complete Third Season DVD Review: A Great Show

While watching Season One of The Good Place - a series in which four not-so-good humans find themselves in the heaven-like Good ...
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Doctor Who: The Krotons DVD Review: Better Than Its Reputation

The Krotons, the fourth serial from the sixth season of Classic Doctor Who has a lot going for it. It is one ...
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The Milky Way (1969) Blu-ray Review: Surrealistic Satire

h About an hour into Luis Bunuel's surrealistic drama The Milky Way, two men, a Jesuit and a Jansenist, argue over ...
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Death in the Garden Blu-ray Review: Well Worth Watching

After befriending Salvador Dali and finding success in the surrealist movement with films like Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'Or, Luis Buñuel was ...
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Doctor Who: The Three Doctors Special Edition DVD Review: Three Times The Fun

It has been said before, but having The Doctor regenerate was a stroke of genius. In the beginning of the ...
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Gone to Earth / The Wild Heart Blu-ray Review: One Story Cut Twice

Throughout the 1940s, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made a series of films that are considered some of the greatest ...
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Universal Horror Collection, Volume 1 Blu-ray Review: Bela Lugosi Versus Boris Karloff

The year 1931 saw the release of both Dracula and Frankenstein. Both became absolute classics of the horror genre, cornerstones for the long-lasting ...
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Double Face Blu-ray Review: Could Have Used a Face Lift

I am officially on the record (more than once as anyone who has actually followed my writing in these pages ...
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Night of the Creeps Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Blood, Guts, and Laughs

It is fascinating to me when artists incorporate the culture of their formative years into their current work. Think about ...
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Mississippi Burning Blu-ray Review: How Can We Sleep When Our State Is Burning

I gotta tell you, dear reader, that I wasn't real excited sitting down to watch this new Kino Lorber Blu-ray ...
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Killing Eve: Season Two Blu-ray Review: Missing Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the new It Girl. Not because she is attractive and trendy (though she is both) but because ...
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The Silent Partner Blu-ray Review: An Underseen Gem

An average, ordinary, unambitious bank teller who lives alone, works on chess problems by himself, and collects tropical fish discovers ...
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Kidnapped (1971) Blu-ray Review: More Political than Adventurous

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote over a dozen novels in his lifetime plus multiple short stories, poems, essays, and other works. ...
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Modest Heroes Blu-ray Review: Eat Their Shorts

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in 2013, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura grabbed as many animators from the famed studio as ...
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Bright Angel Blu-ray Review: A Coming-of-Age Road Trip

One of the great joys of being a movie nerd in these times is that we have access to so ...
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La Prisonnière Blu-ray Review: Cluzot Gets Modern

The 1960s were a time of enormous cultural upheaval. The aftermath of World War II found many countries with a ...
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The Nun (1965) Blu-ray Review: Get Thee to a Nunnery

Jacques Rivette's 1965 adaptation of the Denis Diderot book The Nun (La Religieuse) was controversial before it was even released. The script ...
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The Shield: The Complete Series DVD Review, Part 2: Seasons 4-7

This review discusses Seasons 4-7 of the FX series The Shield and the recent release of the complete series on DVD by ...
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A Delicate Balance Blu-ray Review: A Caustic Bore

In the mid 1970s, producer Ely Landau created a subscription-based film series that attempted to recreate a theater experience at ...
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The Shield: The Complete Series DVD Review, Part 1: Seasons 1-3

There is a scene in the pilot episode of The Shield in which Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) has been brought in ...
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The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire Blu-ray Review: Confusing and Dull

Following the success of Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Italian cinema was awash in lurid crime stories with ...
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Terra Formars Blu-ray Review: Miike Can Do Better

Japanese director Takashi Miike is probably best known for his ultra-violent splatter films like Ichi the Killer and Audition. Or perhaps for his ...
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Strip Nude for Your Killer Blu-ray Review: Keep Your Clothes On

There are certain expectations that come with genre films. What is a genre except a set of criteria that help ...
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Fantômas Three Film Collection Blu-ray Review: Tres Silly

Fantômas was originally first created in 1911 by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. He appeared in some 43 stories over ...
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Scared Stiff Blu-ray Review: Bored Silly

A little free critical advice to anyone planning to make a low-budget horror film: don't put all of your money, ...
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Dragged Across Concrete Blu-ray Review: Challenging, but Rewarding

Director S. Craig Zahler is a provocateur who loves both ‘70s genre conventions and pissing off at least half his ...
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Enigma (1982) Blu-ray Review:  Where Have All The Good Spy Movies Gone

Spy movies just haven't been the same since the Berlin Wall crumbled and Russia turned to capitalism. Without the communist ...
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Keoma Blu-ray Review: The Spaghetti Western’s Last Breath

With his Dollars trilogy, Sergio Leone revived the failing western genre, infused it with European sensibilities, and created his own subgenre, the ...
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Tito and the Birds Blu-ray Review: Slight Story, Gorgeous Animation

While computer-generated animation moves closer and closer to photorealism, it is always nice to see an animated film that revels ...
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The Strange Door Blu-ray Review: Not Strange Enough

Very loosely based upon the Robert Louis Stevenson story, The Sire de Maletroit's Door, The Strange Door stars Charles Laughton as Sire ...
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Scream and Scream Again Blu-ray Review: You’ll Scream for It to Be Over

In London, a jogger runs toward the camera and collapses. He wakes up in a hospital bed while a nurse ...
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The House of the Seven Gables Blu-ray Review: A Fine Adaptation of a Classic Novel

Throughout the 1920s and early 1930s, Universal Studios was known for their horror films. They unleashed into cinemas a string ...
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The Land Unknown Blu-ray Review: A Hot Time in Antarctica

We live in a world without mystery. We have the collective knowledge of humanity at our fingertips. We have explored ...
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Bancroft: Season One DVD Review: Completely Bonkers

In this world of seemingly endless must-watch, prestige TV filled with award-winning writers, directors, and actors, it is nice to ...
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The 1970s were a fascinating time for American cinema. The studio system that dominated the Golden Age of Hollywood was ...
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Five Cool Things and The ABC Murders

A great big pile of appreciation to my fellow Sentries who helped me out while I was on vacation. I'm ...
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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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TCM and Fathom Events Present Grease for Its 40th Anniversary

Every month, Fathom Events and TCM present a classic movie for the big screen.  Nearly every month, my wife and ...
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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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Spider-Man: Homecoming is the Pick of the Week

Towards the end of Captain America: Civil War, there is a sweeping scene in which Captain America and Black Widow ...
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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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Rio Bravo Blu-ray Review: A Western Classic Restored

In 1952, director Fred Zinnemann made High Noon with Gary Cooper, who plays a small-town marshal whose being threatened by ...
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Batman: Assault on Arkham Blu-ray Review: Better than Its Straight to Video Release Implies

A title that should have more appropriately been called Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham is never-the-less an enjoyable entry into ...
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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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Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham, Season 1 Part 1 DVD Review: A New Take On An Old Character

By my count there have been no fewer than 12 movies, 16 television series, several radio shows, and countless comic ...
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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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Lina Wertmuller Collection (Love & Anarchy, The Seduction of Mimi, All Screwed Up) is the Pick of the Week

After my sophomore year in college I took some summer classes.  Summer at this college was intensely boring as the ...
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