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Into the Wild Blu-ray Review: The Lost Boy

Sean Penn’s adaptation of Into the Wild was what initially inspired me to then read the book on which it’s ...
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Eight Men Out Blu-ray Review: We’re Talking Baseball…Scandals, and Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

Bottom of the ninth, writer/director John Sayles steps to the plate. He takes a big swing and hits a home ...
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American Fiction Blu-ray Review: Will Be Talked About for Years to Come

There are some movies that just come and go, meaning that you watch them once and move on. Cord Jefferson's ...
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Querelle Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Man in Every Port

In director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Querelle (1982; adapted from a book by Jean Genet), a Belgian sailor, Querelle (Brad Davis), ...
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South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut 4K UHD Review: Still Funny but Aging Rapidly

South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, directed by Trey Parker, and written by Parker, Matt Stone, and Pam Brady, is ...
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Remembering Gene Wilder Blu-ray Review: A Loving Portrait of the Man, the Myth, and the Legend

Gene Wilder, legendary Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor, writer, and filmmaker was one of the geniuses of his generation. A versatile, ...
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Thunderheart Blu-ray Review: A Gritty Neo-Western

Thunderheart (1992) was directed by Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist), written by John Fusco (Young Guns I & II) ...
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All That Breathes Blu-ray Review: A Profound, Lyrical Film

I also appreciate cinematic stories about the relationships between humans and wildlife, where our bonds are much stronger than we ...
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Monk: Season Six Blu-ray Review: A Particularly Winning Season

As I have mentioned in reviews of past seasons of Monk (2002-2009), there is a formula and familiarity there, but ...
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The Burglars Blu-ray Review: Some Great Action Set Pieces

The Burglars opens with a long, mostly silent, jewel heist. It is reminiscent of a similar scene in Jules Dassin's ...
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Saigon (1948) Blu-ray Review: Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake’s Last Film Together

During World War II and for about a decade after, there were a slew of American movies set in exotic ...
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Against the Storm (Herbert Kline in a Darkened Europe) Blu-ray Review: Capturing Pivotal Moments from History

As I may have mentioned in previous reviews, I really love documentaries. They dare to tell the truth about the ...
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The Old Oak Blu-ray Review: When the Bough Breaks, the Village May Fall

Ken Loach’s latest film takes a micro look at the impact of refugees on English towns, putting faces to a ...
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The Good Die Young Blu-ray Review: The Transfer Deserves Better

Four men from different walks of life. Four men who were strangers four weeks ago. Four desperate men. Four men ...
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Fletch Lives (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Subpar Sequel

Four years after the success of Fletch, Chevy Chase returned as journalist I. M. Fletcher in Fletch Lives. Rather than ...
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Misunderstood (1966) Blu-ray Review: An Unusually Mature Portrait of Childhood

I have seen more of my share of films about the trials and tribulations of coming of age, but only ...
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Of Mice and Men (1992) Blu-ray Review: A Fine Adaptation, but a Terrible Blu-ray

Gary Sinise had a brief period in his career where he also directed himself in certain movies. One of those ...
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A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

Previously released on Criterion DVD in 2004, this Ozu double feature finally gets a Blu-ray upgrade with newly improved technical ...
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The Sect Blu-ray Review: Can’t Help but Find It Fascinating

Italian horror movies are justifiably famous now, despite their inconsequential plots, gratuitous violence, and relentless nudity. However, they also have ...
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Defending Your Life Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Love in the Time of Purgatory

Defending your life is a task all face in the afterlife in Albert Brooks' film of the same name which ...
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Household Saints Blu-ray Review: The Entire Cast Is Terrific

As a dedicated movie viewer who is usually more interested in smaller and indie films, I always gravitate towards those ...
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Friendly Persuasion Blu-ray Review: William Wyler Handles the Material Well

A few minutes into Friendly Persuasion I had to pause the film. All of the characters were speaking with “Thee's” ...
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The War of the Worlds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Special-Effects Spectacle

Based on the 1898 novel by H. G. Wells, Byron Haskin's The War of the Worlds transports the story of ...
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The Vanishing Shadow (1934) Blu-ray Review: What a Hoot

Before “Crash” Corrigan found an Undersea Kingdom (1936) or Buster Crabbe became Flash Gordon (1936) and even before Gene Autry ...
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Dogfight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: More Than It Seems

Lili Taylor and River Phoenix shine bright in Dogfight (1991) directed by Nancy Savoca and penned by Bob Comfort. Set ...
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City of Hope (1991) Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Mosaic of Urban Life

John Sayles's City of Hope (1991) is his seventh film as writer and director. He also is the editor and ...
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Chokeslam Blu-ray Review: A Pro Wrestling Rom-Com

Chokeslam (2016), written and directed by Robert Cuffley, is an entertaining little romantic comedy with a pro-wrestling twist. Stars Amanda ...
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Monk: Season Five Blu-ray Review: This Season Showcases Monk’s Self-absorption and Selfishness

Despite the fact there isn't any real character growth and the show's formula is still there, Season Five of Monk ...
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Fletch (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Chevy Chase’s Star Turn Anchors This Comic Mystery

Journalist I. M. Fletcher first appeared in Gregory Mcdonald's novel Fletch (1974) working undercover to expose the flow of hard ...
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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two Blu-ray Review: Doesn’t Stand on Its Own

Based on DC Comics' 12-issue miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, ...
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Appaloosa Blu-ray Review: A History of Law-Abiding Violence

Ed Harris may be mainly known for his work as an actor, but the skills he has behind the camera ...
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Orphan (2009) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly Strong Psychological Thriller

Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan, starring Vera Farmiga as the mom, Kate, and Peter Saarsgard as the dad, John, is a psychological ...
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You’ll Never Get Rich Blu-ray Review: A Wealth of Talent

This 1941 musical is blessed with an abundance of talent, led by co-stars Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and songs ...
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Fear and Desire (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Collection of Kubrick’s Early Works

After making three documentary shorts, included in the disc's Bonus Features, Fear and Desire is Stanley Kubrick's feature-film directorial debut, ...
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Vitagraph Comedies Blu-ray Review: A Beautifully Restored Archive of Early Silent-Era Films

Vitagraph Comedies are a collection of 40 short films curated by the Library of Congress and distributed by Kino Lorber. ...
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The Little Drummer Girl Blu-ray Review: Keaton Marches to Her Own Beat

John le Carré’s spellbinding 1983 novel about an actress caught up in the battle between Palestine and Israel is sadly ...
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Gravity (2013) Blu-ray Review: Out of This World

One of the most intense cinematic experiences I remember having in the last decade was seeing Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity on ...
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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998) and Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island (2019) Blu-ray Review: Wallow in the Warmth of a 20-Year Story Arc

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island starts with the gang (Scooby-Doo/Scott Innes, Shaggy Rogers/Billy West, Daphne Blake/Mary Kay Bergman, Fred Jones/Frank Welker, ...
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The Monster (1994) Blu-ray Review: Delivers Quite a Bit of Silliness

The Monster, Roberto Benigni's fifth joint, finds the co-writer/co-producer/director star as Loris, a display designer who is mistaken for the ...
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The Soldier’s Tale Blu-ray Review: Will Make One Miss Hand-drawn Animation

There have been many cinematic iterations of the ordinary man selling his soul to the Devil for instant wealth and ...
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The Big Country Blu-ray Review: A Comfortable Ride on a Slow Horse

When James McKay (Gregory Peck) rides into William Wyler’s The Big Country, everybody believes he is a foppish dandy. Even ...
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White Squall Blu-ray Review: Boys Bonding on Boats

Ridley Scott’s White Squall is an action/adventure/disaster tale based on a true story that takes place on a brigantine ship ...
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Monk: Season Four Blu-ray Review: Pretty Entertaining

Despite the fact that season four of Monk (2002-2009) is not as strong as season three (arguably the best of ...
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Devil’s Doorway Blu-ray Review: Has Interesting Ideas for a Western but the Presentation Fails

Hollywood's depiction of minorities in general and Native Americans in specific has never been particularly good, and all too often ...
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The Rain People Blu-ray Review: She’s Driving Her Life Away

The Rain People (1969) is a stylish road drama written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola that stars Shirley Knight, ...
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Lorenzo’s Oil Blu-ray Review: We Leave Science to Its Own Concerns

George Miller’s Lorenzo’s Oil is for a limited audience: those who want to watch a child suffer horrifically for two ...
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The Beekeeper (2024) Blu-ray Review: Jason Statham Packs a Sting

The Beekeeper is the latest addition in a long line of movies starring Jason Statham as a man tasked with ...
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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: It’s (Not) Only Teenage Wasteland

Over the Edge (1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan, features Michael Kramer, Pamela Ludwid, Vincent Spano, and Matt Dillon, in his ...
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The Border (1982) Blu-ray Review: Great Stars in Search of a Script

Jack Nicholson stars as Charlie Smith in Tony Richardson’s The Border. Charlie is a border agent in California living with ...
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Tormented (1960) Blu-ray Review: Tom Stewart Killed Me!

Tormented is not a good film. Let's get that right out the gate. Despite its length (74 mins), the pace ...
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The Church (1989) Blu-ray Review: Demons Take Hold of a Gothic Cathedral

Dario Argento presents The Church (1989) aka La Chiesa directed by his protege Michele Soavi (The Sect, Cemetery Man) and ...
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Cathy’s Curse Blu-ray Review: Here She Comes, It’s Cathy’s Cursed Rag Doll

I stumbled upon Cathy’s Curse (1977) in one of those legendary 50 horror movie sets from Mill Creek that included ...
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High Noon (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Gary Cooper Stands Alone

I knew who Gary Cooper was years before I'd ever seen one of his movies. He was famous even to ...
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The Peasants Blu-ray Review: Drama with a Fresh Coat of Paint

The latest film from married writers/directors DK and Hugh Welchman follows the formula of their breakout prior effort, Loving Vincent. ...
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All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

The ancient tale of man selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for wealth and prosperity has been adapted ...
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Run Silent, Run Deep Blu-ray Review: Furious ’50s Sub Action

Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) is the story of two frustrated men. We open with the first man's frustration. Commander ...
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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker Blu-ray Review: A Nutball’s (Further) Descent into Madness

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) was directed by William Asher and stars Jimmy McNichol (brother of Kristy), Susan Tyrrell, and ...
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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: Hits Close to Home

It was a banner year in 1979 for trouble youth-oriented films, such as The Warriors, The Wanderers, and Walk Proud, ...
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Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Vol. 3 Blu-ray Review: Another Choice Collection of Classic Cartoons

The Warner Archive Collection has gone back through the vaults to present the Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Vol. 3. This ...
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A Day at the Races Blu-ray Review: Better Than a Bowl of Tootsie-Fruitsie Ice Cream

After A Night at the Opera, the Marx brothers spent A Day at the Races, their seventh film and second ...
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Lisa Frankenstein Blu-ray Review: Captures How Life and Death Everything Feels As a Teenager

Being a teenage girl is already rough. But it gets rougher if you aren’t like the other girls and tend ...
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They Drive by Night Blu-ray Review: They Live by Day

One of the interesting things about becoming a classic movie fan is how you wind up just wandering around an ...
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Heroes: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review: Save the Cardboard, Save the World

“Save the cheerleader, save the world.” With that simple theme, NBC’s superhero TV series captured the nation’s attention years before ...
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A Fistful of Dynamite Blu-ray Review: Viva la Sergio Leone Revolucion

For many filmgoers, Sergio Leone made four movies, four Westerns that helped to define the perception of the Spaghetti Western. ...
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The Lion in Winter (1968) Blu-ray Review: Cutthroat Politics, Medieval Style

The Lion in Winter is largely about terrible people who might love each other, when they're not plotting against each ...
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Colt .45: The Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set Review: Revolving Peacemaker

Ask anyone not collecting Social Security to name an old Western TV series and you’ll likely get one of two ...
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Stand and Deliver Blu-ray Review: A Classic Classroom Drama

Stand and Deliver (1988), directed by Ramon Menendez, is the story of a high school math teacher who dreamed the ...
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Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) Blu-ray Review: A True Cine Mexicano Classic

Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) is a well-made family drama directed by Alejandro Galindo that won ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: A Worthy Entry to the Series

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema is an on-going series of boxed sets each containing three noir films from ...
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Wednesday: Season 1 Blu-ray Review: Two Snaps Up

The Addams Family empire has quite a streak going. Starting with 150 single-panel comics (mostly published in The New Yorker) ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVIII Blu-ray Review: One Out of Three Ain’t Bad

I suppose there were always low-budget movies. As soon as somebody started making money from moving pictures, somebody else probably ...
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The Giant Gila Monster Special Edition Blu-ray Review: Hey, Kids! It’s a Rocking, Horror Double Bill with The Killer Shrews

The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews return! These two low budget sci fi/ horror flix directed by Ray ...
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The Long Riders Blu-ray Review: O Brother, Who Shot Thou?

While the western genre is amongst my favorites for film and television, there are still some that I’ve overlooked or ...
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Drifter Blu-ray Review: A Taboo-breaking Time Capsule

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I'm always looking for films (past and present) that tell our stories. And ...
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Good Burger 2 Blu-ray Review: Still Serving Up the Laughs

It has been two and a half decades since Good Burger hit the screens to tell the story of Dex ...
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The Questor Tapes Blu-ray Review: An Android Seeks Its Creator in This TV Pilot from Gene Roddenberry

With a story by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and a screenplay credited to Roddenberry and Star Trek show runner ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII Blu-ray Review: The B-Sides of Edward G. Robinson

Something I've been thinking about lately is how when I was growing up I had a pretty decent knowledge of ...
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The Lady Eve Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Preston Sturges Presents a Two-Sided Love Triangle

Based on Monckton Hoffe's “Two Bad Hats,” The Lady Eve is Preston Sturges's third outing as writer/director, and with it, ...
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Suits: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: Game of Phones

Suits completed its nine-season broadcast run in 2019, but following its addition to Netflix last year, it’s more popular than ...
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Death Rides a Horse Blu-ray Review: Revenge Riders of the Dust Storm

In Death Rides a Horse (1967; dir. Giulio Petroni), Bill (a stiff but watchable John Philip Law) is a young, ...
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Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend Blu-ray Review: I’m Honestly at a Loss After Watching This

Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend looks at the legend of Bigfoot using historical accounts, testimony, and information from Bigfoot experts and ...
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The Great Ziegfeld Blu-ray Review: There’s No Business Like Show Business

The Great Ziegfeld, winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, tells a story that, in quite an unusual on-screen ...
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Witness Blu-ray Review: Harrison Ford Among the Amish

Harrison Ford, Kelly McGinnis, and Lukas Haas star in Witness (1985), a crime thriller that takes place mostly in the ...
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The Prince of Egypt: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Holy Moses

DreamWorks makes another attempt at a live musical theater adaptation of one of their animated films, this time reaching all ...
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The Whip and the Body Blu-ray Review: Colorful Kink from Mario Bava

The thing about Mario Bava is that he became something of a bridge between classical and modern horror. He made ...
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Driving Madeleine Blu-ray Review: Driving Madame Daisy

Wait, haven’t we seen this movie before? Yes, the concept is similar to Driving Miss Daisy, with shades of Green ...
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The Rolling Stones: Live at the Wiltern Blu-ray Review: 20 Licks Up Close and I Like It

To commemorate the band's 40th anniversary in 2002, the Rolling Stones released Forty Licks, notable among the many Stones compilations ...
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Jeanne Moreau, Filmmaker Blu-ray Review: Girl Power

Any casual fan of French cinema recognizes the name of esteemed actress Jeanne Moreau. Of far less common knowledge is ...
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Archangel (1990) Blu-ray Review: Dreamlike Semi-silent Melodrama

Guy Maddin does not make movies in any particular genre. He makes "Guy Maddin" movies, which are unlike anything else ...
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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Blu-ray Review: A Must-own for Fans of the D

The comic hard-rock duo Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) teamed up with director Liam Lynch to write and ...
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Afire Blu-ray Review: A Mixed Portrait of Uneasy Relationships

Some films have ideas that are so obvious that they are impossible to ignore once you discovered them. Unfortunately, Christian ...
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Migration Blu-ray Review: Funny but Flies South Quick

Benjamin Renner’s Migration is an animated adventure story from Illumination. It concerns itself with a family of mallards who have ...
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Tupac: Live at the House of Blues (2010) Blu-ray Review: Tupac and Snoop Back in ‘96

Tupac: Live at the House of Blues was recorded in 1996 just months before Tupac was fatally shot and killed. ...
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Monk: Season Three Blu-ray Review: Bigger Stakes and More Colorful Characters

Having previously reviewed Season One and watching Season Two during its original broadcast, I have to say that after revisiting ...
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Wonka Blu-ray Review: A Sweet Audiovisual Treat with Heart

When I first heard this film was Willy Wonka's origin story with Timothée Chalamet playing the titular role, I admit ...
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Black Tight Killers Blu-ray Review: Branded to Thrill

Yasuharu Hasebe’s delirious caper oozes with style, and is better than ever in this new hi-def transfer restored by Radiance ...
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The Golden Coach Blu-ray Review: Jean Renoir’s Tribute to Theater

When a traveling theater company rolls into a rich Peruvian town, the star actress named Camilla (Anna Magnani) quickly attracts ...
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Verotika Blu-ray Review: A Comic Book Horror Anthology Come to Life

Verotika (2019) is writer/director Glenn Danzig’s debut and is an anthology horror movie based on characters from his Verotik comic ...
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La Syndicaliste Blu-ray Review: The Woman Who Maybe Cried Wolf

Director Jean-Paul Salomé and star Isabelle Huppert team up again in this fascinating drama that is not at all what ...
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Wolfman’s Got Nards Blu-ray Review: The Monster Squad Squad Speaks

The Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards, the 30th anniversary documentary about the film and its fans, are available together ...
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The Monster Squad Blu-ray Review: And the Children Shall Lead

The Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards, the 30th anniversary documentary about the film and its fans, are available together ...
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Faithless (1932) Blu-ray Review: Tallulah Bankhead Makes It Worth Watching

The story goes that as a teenager Tallulah Bankhead won a contest in the Picture Post magazine which sent her ...
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Mademoiselle (1966) Blu-ray Review: Lust and Terror In France

Someone is wreaking havoc in a French provincial village. The cattle's drinking water has been poisoned, fires have been set ...
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Godard Cinema Blu-ray Review: Interesting and Involving

When legendary, unconventional, and challenging filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard passed away in 2022, it left quite a shock to everyone, not ...
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Casino Remastered Edition Blu-ray Review: Paradise in the Desert Lost

Directed by Martin Scorsese who co-wrote the script with Nicholas Pileggi, based on the latter's Casino: Love and Honor in ...
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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Blu-ray Review: If You Want to Hit Him, It’s Alright by Me

Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is one of those rare comedies that holds its laughs ...
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Coming Home Blu-ray Review: Romantic War Drama at the Top of Its Game

There is nothing subtle about Hal Ashby’s Coming Home. It is not an anti-war film, it is, specifically, an anti-Vietnam ...
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Scarlet Street Blu-ray Review: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Aside from the direction by Fritz Lang, I didn’t have much initial interest in watching this film. Edward G. Robinson ...
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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Blu-ray Review: Twisty Drama in the Courtroom

A filmed courtroom drama has a double-edged sword. It's of course easy drama, the conflict is already fixed. Defense vs. ...
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Waitress: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Small-Town Servers Accentuate the Positive

Following the conclusion of its four-year original Broadway run in early 2020, Waitress: The Musical returned to Broadway in late ...
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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray Review: Not the Average Haunted House Movie

Burnt Offerings (1976) starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith may well be director Dan Curtis’ masterpiece. ...
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Loaded Guns Blu-ray Review: Firing Blanks

By any conventional measure, Loaded Guns is a terrible movie. The wisp of a plot goes nowhere, the acting is ...
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He Walked by Night Blu-ray Review: You’ll Watch by Daylight

Part film noir, part ripped from the headlines semi-documentary, He Walked by Night influenced countless movies and television shows and ...
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Jennifer 8 Blu-ray Review: Ambitious but Flawed Crime Story

Jennifer 8 wants to be more than a serial killer story. It has the elements to be more. Friends with ...
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The Road to Hong Kong Blu-ray Review: The Formula Works to the End of the Map

A few months before the release of James Bond in Dr. No in theaters around the world, Bob Hope and ...
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Red Planet Mars Blu-ray Review: Peter Graves and Andrea King Put Some Life into a Surprisingly Religious Story

Red Planet Mars by director Harry Horner is a strange beast. It would like to be a sci-fi/thriller plopped down ...
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Joe’s Apartment Blu-ray Review: Riding Cockroaches Into the Sunset

Joe’s Apartment is a black comedy/musical/romance written and directed by John Payson. It stars Jerry O’Connell as down-on-his-luck New York ...
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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part One Blu-ray Review: It Starts with a Flash

Based on DC Comics' 12-issue miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: I’m Thrilled They Keep Releasing Them

Kino Lorber continues their long tradition of releasing relatively obscure film noir. This collection features three very different films ranging ...
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The Odd Couple: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: Opposites Attract Laughs

The Odd Couple, which earned playwright Neil Simon his first Tony, is about a pair of mismatched divorcees sharing an ...
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Eureka (1983) Blu-ray Review: Greed, Grudges, and Gruesomeness

Eureka is four films in one, in succession. First, it's an experimental art film about a man obsessed with finding ...
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The Outside Man Blu-ray Review: Outsider Deray Crafts an Insider Look at 1970s L.A.

While this film may look like a typical 1970s U.S. crime drama at first glance, dig a little deeper and ...
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Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Enjoyable Six-Pack of Chan’s Early Films

Jackie Chan movies entered into the Criterion Collection in 2019 with the one-two punch of Police Story/Police Story 2. The ...
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Has Anybody Seen My Gal Blu-ray Review: Keep Looking, the Old Man Is in the Way

This 1952 charmer masquerades as a Rock Hudson/Piper Laurie rom-com, but pay close attention to that waving man behind the ...
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Journey to Bethlehem Blu-ray Review: Joyful, Joyful, Movie, I Adore Thee

As a Christian, I will admit that movies catered toward my demographic are mostly hard to stomach. They usually come ...
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Run Silent, Run Deep Blu-ray Review: Gable and Lancaster Are great

When my brother joined the Navy in the mid-1990s, he volunteered for submarine duty. It paid more than serving on ...
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Thinner: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Lose the Fat to Find a Good Story

Tom Holland’s (dir. Fright Night, Child’s Play) Thinner, based on the novel by Stephen King, is a body horror/thriller starring ...
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Strange Invaders Blu-ray Review: I Married a Woman from Outer Space

Strange Invaders (1983) directed and co-written by Michael Laughlin, is a quirky ode to science fiction movies of the 1950s ...
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Why We Fight (2020) Blu-ray Review: Three Athletes Tell Us Why They Do

Why We Fight is a look at three combat sports athletes and why they are so passionate about the Martial ...
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A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened Blu-ray Review: Bringing Balance and Answers After 45 Years  

Making its sole television appearance on November 17, 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special is an event that remains forever ...
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Please, Not Now! Blu-ray Review: Brigitte Bardot Will Have You Saying Please, Now!

Brigitte Bardot is here to heat up the New Year in this steamy comedy from provocative writer/director Roger Vadim (Barbarella). ...
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The Facts of Murder Blu-ray Review: A Blending of Italian Genres

During the fascist regime of Mussolini, films and stories about crime were either deeply censored or outright banned in Italy. ...
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Oppenheimer Blu-ray Review: Prometheus Bound

Based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin's 2005 biography American Prometheus, Oppenheimer's screenwriter/director Christopher Nolan has crafted a compelling ...
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Elegant Beast Blu-ray Review: The Family That Scams Together

We know the Maeda family are shady from the first scene. They're rearranging the furniture in their apartment to hide ...
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The Emerald Forest Blu-ray Review: The Jungle Trip

Upon scanning the list of movies John Boorman has directed, one thing (to me) stands out. He has taken a ...
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Blast of Silence Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Silent Night, Hole-y Night

Frank is grumpy because he has to travel out of town for work during Christmas season. Leaving Cleveland for the ...
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Gentleman Jim Blu-ray Review: Still Packs a Punch

Gentleman Jim (1943) directed by Raoul Walsh stars Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith in a biopic inspired by the life ...
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House of the Long Shadows Blu-ray Review: Four Horror Icons Enter an Old Dark House

House of the Long Shadows (1983) directed by Pete Walker (Frightmare) brings together Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and ...
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Masaaki Yuasa: Five Films Blu-ray Review: Time to Ride the Wave

Just in time for next year’s 20th anniversary of anime director Masaaki Yuasa’s first feature film, GKIDS and Shout! Factory ...
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The Train 4K UHD Review: “You talk about the war. I talk about what it costs!”

Based on a true story, director John Frankenheimer’s The Train (1964) is about the lengths the French Resistance went to, ...
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Barbie Blu-ray Review: When Worlds Collide

Director/co-writer Greta Gerwig was granted access to Mattel's Barbie franchise and created a subversive blockbuster that explores gender politics, but ...
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Mondo New York Blu-ray Review: A Time Capsule Full of Uninhibited Freedom and Expression

Performance art, for many, is something that most people will take with a grain of salt, or twenty. However, it ...
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Grave Images Blu-ray Review: A Low Budget “Tales from the Crypt” Knock-Off 

Grave Images (1991) has a very cool name but is a very low budget Tales from the Crypt (1972) knock-off. ...
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The Sorrow and the Pity Blu-ray Review: A Multi-perspective Essay on the German Occupation of France

It’s 259 minutes long, it’s a bunch of interviews with folks who resisted (and others who collaborated with) the German ...
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Pet Sematary: Bloodlines Blu-ray Review: Bring Out Your Dead

The premise of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (Lindsey Anderson Beer’s directorial debut) is that there is a local Pet Sematary (misspelled ...
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Farscape: The Complete Series 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: Wild Ride in Outer and Inner Space

Westerns were a big thing for a very long time. The West (capital W very much intended) meant the frontier. ...
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Shaun the Sheep: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: A Cracking Collection of Agricultural Mayhem

Just in time for your last-minute holiday shopping needs, Shout! Factory has released a new Blu-ray box set of the ...
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Dumb Money Blu-ray Review: Fascinating to Watch Because of the Plot and Entertaining Because of the Cast

Based on Ben Mezrich's The Antisocial Network, Dumb Money tells the true story of the GameStop short squeeze when Keith ...
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The Quatermass Xperiment Blu-ray Review: The Beginnings of Hammer Horror

Our beloved Hammer Studios didn't always make beautifully designed gothic horror films. For their first decade-plus of existence, they made ...
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2 Days in the Valley Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Pulp Fiction

It's hard to overstate the change that Pulp Fiction made on mid-budgeted filmmaking in the early '90s. It's not like ...
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Showdown (1993) Blu-ray Review: It’s High School Bloodsport

Before Never Back Down (2008) there was Showdown (1993)! A high school senior in a new city gets bullied, finds ...
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The Life of Emile Zola Blu-ray Review: Paul Muni Gives a Great Performance in the Lead Role

Starring Paul Muni, The Life of Emile Zola is part biopic, part courtroom drama as it tells the story of ...
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Goodbye, Dragon Inn Blu-ray Review: An Ode to Going to the Movies

One of my earliest memories is seeing Return of the Jedi at the cinema. I would have been seven years ...
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Days of Heaven Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Blue Harvest

The Criterion Collection has released Days of Heaven (1978; dir. Terrence Malick) in 4K as part of a 4K UHD/Blu-ray ...
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The Exiles (1961) Blu-ray Review: This Film Is a Revelation

Fish-out-of-water stories are pretty common and now cliched; they feature characters who usually leave their home, especially for better lives ...
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Moonage Daydream Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Phantasmagoric Journey Through the Art and Mind of David Bowie

Taking its title from a David Bowie song of the same name originally recorded by his band Arnold Corns then ...
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The Last Tycoon (1976) Blu-ray Review: Uneven Goodness

In The Last Tycoon (Elia Kazan’s final film), it is the Great Depression and Robert De Niro plays stratospheric Hollywood ...
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Monk: Season One Blu-ray Review: An Engaging, Grounded Comic Mystery Series

Honestly, there are way too many detective/cop shows on TV, especially those that are rough, brutal, and too adult for ...
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The Lady from Shanghai Blu-ray Review: Forget It, Michael. It’s Chinatown

Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles, who also wrote, directed, and produced) is the film's narrator and he tells the ...
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Le Combat Dans L’ile Blu-ray Review: An Overlooked Surprise by an Underrated Filmmaker

I love film noir and always enjoy its complex, seedy characters; straightforward but nonetheless entertaining plots; and shadowy atmosphere. This ...
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The Fog of War Blu-ray Review: Robert McNamara Tells All

Although I’ve never held a role in politics, nor do I intend to, there’s no doubt that they come with ...
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Laurel & Hardy: Year One – The Newly Restored 1927 Silents Blu-ray Review: A Standout Release

Flicker Alley has followed up their Laurel or Hardy: Early Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy with Laurel ...
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Blackhat Blu-ray Review: A Rare Miss For Michael Mann

A super hacker, or "blackhat" if you will, plants a computer virus in the Chicago Stock Exchange, causing soy prices ...
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Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. Three Blu-ray Review: The Formula Remains Strong, Even As the Stars Disappear

Shout! Factory continues their torrid pace of classic martial arts releases with this latest installment of restored Shaw Brothers films. ...
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Gator Blu-ray Review: A Charming Burt Reynolds Elevates This Ridiculous Sequel

With the success of White Lightning, the studio was clamoring for a sequel. Burt Reynolds had never been in a ...
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Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Cracking Collection Blu-ray Review: Charming, Entertaining, and Imaginative

Wallace & Gromit are a claymation comedic duo created by writer/director Nick Park and produced by Aardman Animations. Wallace (voiced ...
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Scorsese Shorts Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Must-own for Fans of the Director

Scorsese Shorts presents a quintet of director Martin Scorsese's early short films, two documentaries from the '70s and three short ...
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Backdraft Blu-ray Review: Thrilling Effects, Terrible Script

Backdraft is overlong, ridiculously melodramatic, and the plot contrivances are dumb even for a Ron Howard film. But damn does ...
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Beyond Atlantis Blu-ray Review: Somewhere Beyond the Sea a Beautiful Blond Awaits Patrick Wayne

John Ashley and Patrick Wayne team up with Sid Haig to hunt rare pearls in Beyond Atlantis (1973). There's thrilling ...
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White Lightning Blu-ray Review: A Meditative Hicksploitation Flick

Burt Reynolds ruled Hollywood in the 1970s. Starting with Deliverance in 1972, he made a string of hits and remained ...
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Duck Soup Blu-ray Review: I Could Dance with You ‘til the Cows Come Home

The Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup takes place in the fictional country of Freedonia. At the beginning of the movie, Mrs. ...
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Carlito’s Way (Remastered Edition) Blu-ray Review: De Palma’s Way Is Best Way

Ten years after they teamed up for Scarface (1983), Brian De Palma and Al Pacino created another stylish, violent film ...
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Horse Feathers Blu-ray Review: What Do You Do for a Haddock?

In the fourth feature-length film from the Marx Brothers, Horse Feathers, Groucho plays Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president ...
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Human Desire Blu-ray Review: Excellent Film Noir from Fritz Lang

Coming off the heels of their definitive film noir The Big Heat (1953), director Friz Lang once again teamed up ...
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Monkey Business (1931) Blu-ray Review: You Call This a Party?

Those who have watched a few Marx Brothers movies know that Margaret Dumont is often trying to get her hands ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XV Blu-ray Review: Three Late ’50s B-Noirs Still Make for Good Viewing

We are waist deep into Noirvember and Kino Lorber is once again here to help. Their ongoing series Film Noir: ...
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Shaw Brothers Classics, Vol. Two Blu-ray Review: More Martial Arts Fun From Shout Factory

With Shaw Brothers Classics, Vol. Two, Shout! Factory continues to release films from the legendary studio famous for its martial ...
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National Lampoon’s Animal House Remastered Edition Blu-ray Review: Toga! Toga!

While rewatching National Lampoon’s Animal House, I couldn’t help but notice a few things. The first is just how many ...
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Animal Crackers (1930) Blu-ray Review: The Marx Brothers Find Their Stride

The Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers was their second feature-length “talkie.” Groucho stars as Captain Spaulding, a celebrated African explorer who ...
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The Cocoanuts Blu-ray Review: Classic Comedy Starts to Age

The Cocoanuts (1929) was the Marx Brothers first feature-length film. It was also the first “talkie” to credit two directors, ...
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A Bullet for Sandoval Blu-ray Review: Grim, Dark Revenge Western

Spaghetti Westerns are marked by their high drama, brutal and sometimes over the top action, and morally ambiguous heroes. But ...
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Force of Evil Blu-ray Review: An Art-House Genre Film

In the seemingly endless discourse on social media about Martin Scorsese versus the MCU, one side seems to turn Scorsese ...
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Shaw Brothers Classics, Vol. One Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Truly Classic, but Well Worth It for Fans

I don't know why the Shaw Brothers floodgates have seemingly opened over the last few years, but I'm sure glad ...
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Staying Alive Blu-ray Review: They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright on Broadway

I might be in the minority but I think Staying Alive is a better film than Saturday Night Fever. (Yes, ...
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Nightwing / Shadow of the Hawk Double Feature Blu-ray Review: Two Not-Too-Bad Supernatural Spookers

“Flight Fright! Two terrifying tales in one killer double feature” is what the Blu-ray box says and it's not too ...
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The Devil Doll Blu-ray Review: Tiny Human Dolls Help Lionel Barrymore Get Revenge

They steal! They kill! All at Lionel Barrymore's will in The Devil Doll (1934) directed by Tod Browning (Dracula 1931, ...
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The Challenge Blu-ray Review: Accept This Challenge

Before you write this film off as a typical low-budget ‘80s actioner, take a closer look at the credits. Star ...
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Alien Outlaw Blu-ray Review: Happily Senseless Sci-fi Western

There's an aspect of a movie like Alien Outlaw (1986) that is review-proof. It's not trying to be "good", in ...
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Black Sabbath Blu-ray Review: A Touch of Bava in the Night

Yet another Halloween is upon us, and what better way to prep than listening to old Black Sabbath records and ...
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The Dark Power Blu-ray Review: A Solid Creature Feature

In The Dark Power, several young coeds who have yet to learn that, in the winter time, clothes will help ...
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Meg 2: The Trench Blu-ray Review: Works Best When It Repeats What Worked Before

Based (loosely) on The Trench, the second novel in Steve Alten's Meg book series, Meg 2: The Trench is a ...
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Rock Around the Clock Blu-ray Review: It’s Squares-Ville, Man

Rock Around the Clock (1956) features Bill Haley and the Comets riding the success of their seat-ripping, riot-inducing song that ...
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Cujo Blu-ray Review: A Straightforward Thriller with Modest Chills

When you talk about the greatest Stephen King adaptations, your mind usually drifts to Carrie (1976), Salem's Lot (1979), The ...
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Lorna the Exorcist Blu-ray Review: One of Jess Franco’s More Well-regarded Films

Fairly regularly, the film discourse on Twitter and other social media apps turns to sex in cinema. There is a ...
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The Edge of the World Blu-ray Review: Director Michael Powell’s First Masterpiece

Even before he partnered with Emeric Pressburger and made some of the most ravishing British films, the legendary Michael Powell ...
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The Iron-Fisted Monk Blu-ray Review: Disjointed Drama, Fantastic Kung Fu

It makes sense that kung fu movies would eventually add in comedic elements. There is an inherent silliness to grown ...
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EO Blu-ray Review: The Secret Life of Donkeys

EO is a happy circus donkey, content to travel with his raggedy troupe to rural outposts in Europe. He’s motivated ...
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Before Night Falls Blu-ray Review: Expresses the Overall Importance of Artists and Their Art

Sometimes, it's not always easy to embrace the cinematic biopic. There are the usual liberties and inaccuracies to be found ...
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Mackintosh and T.J. Blu-ray Review: Roy Rogers Rides into the Sunset One Final Time

Legendary singing cowboy Roy Rogers makes his final feature film appearance in Mackintosh and T.J. (1975). A good, clean, western ...
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No Bears Blu-ray Review: A Powerful Work About the Passion for Filmmaking

I'm not familiar with Jafar Panahi's cinema, but from what I've heard from other film lovers and critics is that ...
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Strays (2023) Blu-ray Review: The Incredibly Crude Journey

In the annals of cinema, the raunchy R-rated comedy predominantly featured the profane and sexual antics of 20-something, white men, ...
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Poker Face: Season One Blu-ray Review: An Extremely Clever TV Series

I am a crime junkie and it is rare that something comes along in this genre that is new and ...
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Chariots of the Gods Blu-ray Review: Before Ancient  Aliens…

Before Ancient Aliens there was Chariots of the Gods (1970) by Erich Von Daniken. VCI Entertainment proudly presents the 50th ...
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RWBY Volume 9 Blu-ray Review: Beware the Jabberwocky

RWBY Volume 9 continues the story of Team RWBY (pronounced Ruby), who are made up of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, ...
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Night of the Demons 2 Blu-ray Review: Angela Comes Back, Better

Night of the Demons 2 is a direct-to-video sequel to Night of the Demons, released six years later. It's cheaper, ...
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Crime and Punishment (2002) Blu-ray Review: Too Much Punishment

Crispin Glover plays Roskolnikov in Menahem Golan’s adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment. Roskolnikov has recently published a ...
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New York Stories Blu-ray Review: A Disappointing Trio from Three Great Directors

To quote the concluding narration from the Naked City (1958-1963) TV series, “There are eight million stories in the naked ...
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After Dark, My Sweet Blu-ray Review: A Strong Film Noir from Director James Foley

Based on the novel by Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet, stars Jason Patric (in an early outing meant to ...
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La Bamba Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Soars Far Above Other Hollywood Biopics 

La Bamba (1987) is the story of Richard Valenzuela, known better as Ritchie Valens, a name associated with a song ...
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School of Rock 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook Review: It Still Rocks

Richard Linklater’s School of Rock was released 20 years ago and is still proof that a family film doesn’t have ...
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Nil by Mouth Blu-ray Review: A Strong, Gripping Example of British Cinema

The British kitchen sink and social realist dramas of the 1950s and 60s were emotional and draining, but they don't ...
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American Pop Blu-ray Review: Try, Try, and Try Again

Ralph Bakshi’s animated voyage through 20th century popular music has finally arrived on Blu-ray. While music is an integral part ...
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Three Days of the Condor Blu-ray Review: The Book Reader Who Stayed Out in the Cold

As far as paranoid ‘70s thrillers go, Sydney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor—about Joe Turner (Robert Redford), a hip ...
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The Wild Party Blu-ray Review: A Wild Night Is Calling

Gather ‘round, people, and you shall hear the grim tale of one named Jolly. With a comeback in tow, a ...
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Sex, Power, and Money: Films by Beth B Blu-ray Review: A Filmmaker of Incredible Vision and Prescience

As an extreme film buff, I always appreciate and seek out filmmakers and films that challenge the usual and obviously ...
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Little Women (1933) Blu-ray Review: Sentimental but Sweet

In college, I did work study for the university dinner theater. It was a great job, and I had loads ...
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Spinout Blu-ray Review: Hey, Elvis! You Gotta Win This Race!

Elvis Presley leads a small rock ‘n’ roll band, likes racing fast cars, and gets into all kinds of trouble ...
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The Prodigal Son Blu-ray Review: Sammo Hung Meets Wing Chun

Continuing their series of Sammo Hung Blu-ray releases, Arrow Video’s latest entry is this 1981 gem. Sammo directs and co-stars ...
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Wichita Blu-ray Review: Wyatt Earp’s Origin Story

How many movies and TV shows have been made about Wyatt Earp? Or been influenced by his reputation? They say ...
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Gay Purr-ee Blu-ray Review: Judy Garland Gets Animated

By the 1960s, Judy Garland was in decline, no longer a potent or reliable force at the box office and ...
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The Big Knife Blu-ray Review: Stabbing Old Hollywood

Hollywood loves making movies about Hollywood. Usually, they are fawning tales about the magic of the movies, or about how ...
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Malone Blu-ray Review: Burt Reynolds Shows Off a Particular Set of Skills in a Generic Actioner

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Foolish Wives Blu-ray Review: The First Million Dollar Picture

Erich von Stroheim, the director of Foolish Wives, was well known for his aristocratic and military background. He was a ...
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Borsalino Blu-ray Review: A (Not Quite) Epic French Gangster Flick

Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo were two of the biggest and greatest film stars in France. They were both great ...
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Liar’s Moon Blu-ray Review: A Teenage Soap Opera with a Great Soundtrack

Rich girl, poor boy. Good kids tangled in a web of deceit spun long ago by their parents. It’s Romeo ...
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Hardcore Blu-ray Review: A Solid and Nervy Depiction

The 1970s was a legendary and often gritty time for filmmaking. There were obviously the films of Martin Scorsese, William ...
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The Flash (2023) Blu-ray Review: You Can’t Go Home Again

Andy Muschietti's The Flash (2023) is the 13th installment of the DCEU. The franchise gets an amusing but disjointed, multiverse ...
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A Taste of Blood (2020) Blu-ray Review: These Vampires Aren’t Sexy but the Soundtrack Is

A modern-day family in the Argentina countryside faces its bloody past in A.K. Tolstoy's A Taste of Blood (2020) brought ...
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The Broadway Melody Blu-ray Review: Give My Regards to the Warner Archive Team

The Broadway Melody, the first sound film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, is a melodramatic story focusing ...
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A Moment of Romance Blu-ray Review: HK Stockholm Syndrome

When a bank heist goes awry, getaway driver Wah (Andy Lau) grabs the closest civilian as a hostage as he ...
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Mutant Blast Blu-ray Review: A Witty, Weird, Gorific Blast

Troma Entertainment (The Toxic Avenger) brings Portuguese director Fernando Alle's odd, gory, silly yet witty, funny, and brilliant sci-fi/horror Mutant ...
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Cosa Nostra: Franco Nero in Three Mafia Tales by Damiano Damiani Blu-ray Review

Superstar Italian actor Franco Nero headlines three separate projects by director Damiano Damiani with a unifying spotlight on the mafia ...
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Strangers in the House Blu-ray Review: French Masters of Mystery

In a large, shambling, mostly empty mansion, a loud noise clangs upstairs. It is loud enough to awaken Hector Loursat ...
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Is Paris Burning? Blu-ray Review: Night of 100 Stars

Not to be confused with Paris Is Burning, this 1966 WWII drama boasts a seemingly unbelievable roster of stars reenacting ...
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Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Feels Like We’re Witnessing Real Life

Ever since legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasjuiro Ozu died in 1963, there has been an array of cinematic stories he left ...
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The Fastest Gun Alive Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Western

Based on Frank D. Gilroy's teleplay The Last Notch, Russell Rouse's The Fastest Gun Alive is a compelling western that ...
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Bigfoot or Bust Blu-ray Review: It’s Busty Alright

A Spirit Halloween Bigfoot gets chased around by busty older women making corny, horny jokes. It's too long at 75 ...
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Fast X Blu-ray Review: It’s Still About Family

Fast X, the latest installment in the franchise, is a sequel to Fast Five. I opened my review of the ...
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Swamp Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review: Wes Craven’s Beauty and the (Bayou) Beast

Swamp Thing (1982) written and directed by Wes Craven takes DC Comics main monster from the page to the silver ...
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Du Barry Was a Lady Blu-ray Review: All Show, Little Story

Even by the admittedly low bar of plot development in classic movie musicals, this film’s story is so half-baked it ...
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Assault on Hill 400 Blu-ray Review: A Disappointing Throwback to ’40s and ’50s B Combat Movies

Assault on Hill 400 is loosely based on the 2nd Ranger Battalions valiant siege of Bergstein, Germany in 1944 as ...
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The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart Blu-ray Review: A Fitting Farewell

Created by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, The Venture Bros. ran for seven seasons on Adult Swim over 14 years ...
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Cimarron (1931) Blu-ray Review: An Epic Western and a Product of Its Time

The Warner Archive Collection presents RKO Pictures' Cimarron directed by Wesley Ruggles, based on the novel by Edna Ferber, and ...
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Justice League: Warworld Blu-ray Review: A Minor Installment in the Tomorrowverse

Justice League: Warworld is the latest entry in the Tomorrowverse, the current iteration of the DC Animated Movie Universe. While ...
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Soundies: The Ultimate Collection Blu-ray Review: The Set Is Really a Lot of Fun

Going through history, there's always hidden gems of pop culture that seem lost forever, whether it's film or television. However, ...
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One False Move Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Southern Discomfort

Carl Franklin’s work is a blind spot for me, sad to say. While the acclaimed filmmaker has only a few ...
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Star Pilot Blu-ray Review: Space Satire Points Finger at Self

Pietro Francisci’s Star Pilot (2 + 5 Missione Hydra in Italian, 1966) stars Leonora Ruffo and Anthony Freeman, and begins ...
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Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Vol. 1 Blu-ray Review: A Good Start to Becoming a Cartoon Collector

Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Volume 1 presents 20 Warner Brothers cartoons, 10 each from the 1940s and '50s. Not sure ...
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Invaders from Mars (1953) Blu-ray Review: Classic Science Fiction Gets the Royal Treatment

Invaders from Mars (1953) concerns a young boy named David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt - who carries much of the film ...
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Clash of the Wolves / Where the North Begins Blu-ray Review: A Rin Tin Tin Double Feature

Kino Classics and the Library of Congress present a Rin Tin Tin double feature with Clash of the Wolves / ...
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Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece / Tintin and the Blue Oranges Blu-ray Review

The iconic Belgian comic book character has been translated into many forms of media over the years, and now two ...
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The White Buffalo Blu-ray Review: Bizarre Prairie Jaws

There's potential in the idea of The White Buffalo. A pastiche of real world characters (Wild Bill Hickock, Crazy Horse, ...
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Millennium Mambo Blu-ray Review: A Lyrical and Subtle Film

We all go through life wondering where we're going in it. We always question our life choices; whether we're actually ...
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The Servant Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Scathing, Subversive Film of Class, Sexuality, and Manipulation

Only a few films in cinematic history have ever portrayed the rather complex dynamics between masters and their manservants, but ...
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A Zed and Two Noughts / The Falls: Two Films by Peter Greenaway Blu-ray Review

Watching and doing my review for the 1982 film The Draughtman's Contract, I was instantly struck by filmmaker Peter Greenaway's ...
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Whisper of the Heart (2022) Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Romance for All Ages

Whisper of the Heart (2022) is a Japanese romance starring Nana Seino as Shizuku (She-Zoo-Koo) and Tori Matsuzaka as Seiji ...
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Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant Blu-ray Review: A Solid yet Standard War Flick

Guy Ritchie’s wheelhouse has primarily been in the crime comedy genre with films like Snatch; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking ...
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Tales from the Gimli Hospital Redux Blu-ray Review: Oddest of Odd Bedfellows

David Cronenberg, fellow Canadian and not a stranger to weirdness once said, "You haven't truly seen a foreign film until ...
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Mr. Wong Collection Blu-ray Review: Boris Karloff Detects

The early 1920s saw an influx of Chinese immigrants to the United States. This so-called "Yellow Peril" unsurprisingly led to ...
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The Bridges at Toko-Ri Blu-ray Review: The Toll of War

Korean war movies all tend to have a sense of ambivalence. WWII movies, even when they have obligatory scenes of ...
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Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear! Blu-ray Review: Ready for His Close-up

Yogi Bear, voiced by Daws Butler and based on Art Carney's Ed Norton from The Honeymooners, first appeared in his ...
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The Draughtsman’s Contract Blu-ray Review: An Oddly Fascinating Murder Mystery

There's always going to be a rift between the rich and the poor, where the poor sometimes gets a taste ...
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Tommy Guns Blu-ray Review: Blasts Conformity to Smithereens

Angolan-Portuguese director Carlos Conceição announces his arrival on the global stage with this blisteringly original, confounding film that defies categorization. ...
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Thelma & Louise Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Two for the Road

Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise tells a familiar story about two friends on a road trip who unintentionally become outlaws, ...
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The Great Train Robbery (1978) Blu-ray Review: A Wry Money-Train Caper

England, 1855. Edward Pierce (Sean Connery), a clever thief with a thirst for daring stunts (and, yes, money), recruits his ...
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The Oyster Princess / Meyer from Berlin Blu-ray Review: A Pair of German Silents from Lubitsch

Ernst Lubitsch is widely considered one of the great directors of classic cinema. His comedies were sophisticated, elegant with a ...
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Rain Man Blu-ray Review: Irresistibly Good

For years, I had made references to Rain Man or had people make references to the movie because of how ...
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Caliber 9 Blu-ray Review: Action-Packed Poliziotteschi with a Message

There is a scene relatively early in Fernando Di Leo's classic polischietti Caliber 9 that fairly well sums up everything ...
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The Package Blu-ray Review: Not so Much a Bad Movie as a Disappointing One

When I was in college, I realized that when you are with a particular group of friends and having a ...
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The Vault (2017) Blu-ray Review: Heist Goes Wrong, Phantom Turned Loose 

The Vault (2017) starts as a cliche heist flick but quickly (and thankfully) turns into an enjoyable yet weird haunted ...
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Gorky Park Blu-ray Review: Strange Accents Nearly Ruin a Strong Thriller

Gorky Park (1983), starring William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Joanna Pacula, and Brian Dennehy, is a thriller set in Cold War ...
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Joy House Blu-ray Review: Love and Death on the French Riviera

This 1964 gem exudes cool, from the lead performances by gorgeous stars Alain Delon and Jane Fonda, to the jazzy ...
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Children of the Corn (1984) Blu-ray Review: The Corn Kids Bring New Meaning to Cult Classic

"Outlander!" still gives me goosebumps when I hear it called out and “He who walks behind the rows” kept me ...
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Renfield Blu-ray Review: Sink Your Teeth into This One

When you allow an actor like Nicolas Cage to completely let loose, it’s almost guaranteed that the performance will be ...
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Anna May Wong Collection Blu-ray Review: To Wong Blu, Thanks for Everything

Kino Lorber’s new box set shines a light on a string of 1930s films starring the iconic Anna May Wong. ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIII Blu-ray Review: A Triple Feature from the ’50s

Kino Lorber continues to release lesser-known film noirs in their The Dark Side of Cinema sets. Part XIII includes a ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIV Blu-ray Review: Moral Teachings Get in the Way

It just now occurs to me that classic-era Hollywood cinema, especially those low-budget B-Movies, often acted like the Afterschool Specials ...
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If I Had a Million Blu-ray Review: A Mixed Bag

Based on Robert D. Andrews' 1931 novel Windfall, If I Had a Million is an anthology credited to seven directors, ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII Blu-ray Review: I’m Still Watching and Loving It

The thing about film noir is that it was mostly a B-movie genre. For every noir with A-list stars, directors, ...
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Shazam! Fury of the Gods Blu-ray Review: A Family-Friendly Return of the “Shazamily”

Four years after Shazam!, a charming film starring Zachary Levi as the title character — an adult version of a ...
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Vengeance: A Love Story Blu-ray Review: Nic Cage As a Vigilante Cop 

Nicolas Cage plays an ex-soldier turned stoic detective who has had enough of the broken system that rewards the guilty ...
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Creed III Blu-ray Review: A Crowd-pleaser

As stated when I reviewed the movie, “Michael B. Jordan does double duty for the first time, making his directorial ...
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Violent Streets (1974) Blu-ray Review: Blood and Guts Yakuza Story

It might be a form of survivorship bias, but movies "demystifying" or "deglamorizing" yakuza seem to outnumber any other kind ...
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Samurai Wolf 1 & 2 Blu-ray Review: A Scruffier Yojimbo

The first director a Western audience thinks of for classic samurai films is Akira Kurosawa. After all, his Seven Samurai ...
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Safe in Hell Blu-ray Review: A Pre-Code Delight

If you do an image search for "pre-Code Hollywood," you'll most likely find a picture of an attractive blonde woman ...
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Trapped Alive Blu-ray Review: An ’80s Hodgepodge of Horror Tropes That Collapses Fast

Three escaped convicts, two girls on their way to a Christmas party, one sheriff deputy, and a cannibal mutant trapped ...
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Clash by Night (1952) Blu-ray Review: A Fritz Lang Dud

In Clash by Night, a former good-time girl, Mae (Barbara Stanwyck), returns home to Monterey, California. Done with her drifting ...
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Return to Seoul Blu-ray Review: A Young Life in Turmoil

We all often wonder who we really are, where we come from, and where we are going. Sometimes we let ...
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Max Fleischer’s Superman 1941-1943 Blu-ray Review: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s DNR!

After Superman became a sensation in comic books, newspaper comic strips, and on the radio, Fleischer Studios, home of cartoons ...
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The Loveless Blu-ray Review: A Stylish Mash-Up of Two Very Different Outlaw Biker Classics

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The 1950s may have seemed somewhat wholesome and Cleaveresque, but make no mistake, there were a lot of worms hidden ...
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One Way Passage Blu-ray Review: Book This Voyage

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The Strawberry Blonde Blu-ray Review: A Sweet and Charming Piece of Old Hollywood

The Strawberry Blonde (1941) is directed by Raoul Walsh; stars James Cagney, Olivia De Havilland, and Rita Hayworth; and is ...
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Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One Blue-ray Review: When There Is Action, the Film Shines

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The Sunday Woman Blu-ray Review: A Strange Little Movie That Defies Expectations and Genre Delineations

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Terminal Invasion Blu-ray Review: An Alien Walks into an Airport…

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Backtrack (1990) Blu-ray Review: Dennis Hopper’s Lost… Piece

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Two Witches Blu-ray Review: Two Witches Casts a Classic Horror Spell

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Heat (1986) Blu-ray Review: Burt Reynolds Comes Back Fighting

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His Dark Materials: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray Review: A Fitting Finale for this Series

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Living Blu-ray Review: Anchored by the Exquisite Metamorphosis of Bill Nighy’s Lead Performance

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Cocaine Bear (Maximum Rampage Edition) Blu-ray Review: Bump This Up to the Top of Your To-Watch List

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The Vagrant (1992) Blu-ray Review: Baffling, but Never Boring Horror Film

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