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Fargo: Remastered (1996) - Blu-ray Review

Fargo - Blu-ray ReviewNorm son-of-a-Gunderson! Another re-release Fargo, the 1996 Coen Brothers black comedy of down-to-earth Minnesota crime, gets remastered in its latest blu-ray release.   This is the film that granted The Coens (Joel directs; Ethan produces; both handle screenplay ...

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King Kong Escapes (1967) - Blu-ray Review

King Kong Escapes (1967) - Blu-ray ReviewThe classic feel of an afternoon matinee flick fuels the second of Toho's King Kong pictures. King Kong Escapes had a long gestation period and, while different monster villains were proposed (like Frankenstein), it was finally settled that Kong would battle himself  ...

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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) - Blu-ray Review

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) - Blu-ray ReviewGareth Edwards’ Godzilla tears into theaters this coming May so why not the tie-ins into stores and shelves, too?! Originally released in 1963 here in the United States, King Kong vs. Godzilla is simply a must-own for any fan of either monster. This co-production between  ...

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Best Man Holiday - DVD Review

Best Man Holiday - DVD ReviewIt ain’t a Christmas party until someone breaks an iPhone. If that’s true, then the couples in The Best Man Holiday had a crazy good time—they even threw in a smashed iPad, to boot. The rowdy revelers were first introduced to audiences back in 1999, in the romantic comedy The Best Man ...

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The Wolf of Wall Street - Blu-ray Review

The WOlf of Wall Street - Movie ReviewLeonardo DiCaprio comes roaring back – and boy, does he roar – from his lifeless turn in this past Spring’s humdrum The Great Gatsby with a booming performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, which also represents somewhat of a return to form for Martin Scorcese, whose ...

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The Pirate Fairy - Blu-ray Review

The Pirate Fairy - Blu-ray ReviewDisney is not quite ready to drop the whole “pirate” act - at least not yet. The Pirate Fairy – the fifth in a series of Tinker Bell movie adventures and a prequel to Peter Pan – arrives in stores this Tuesday. It’s not as cinematic as what we’ve come to expect from Disney  ...

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Continuum: Season Two - Blu-ray Review

Continuum Season Two - Blu-ray ReviewContinuum is the best science fiction show currently on television. It is also probably the best Science Fiction show that you aren’t watching. Currently beginning its third season, Continuum is a Canadian-based import starring Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron, ...

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The Freshman (1925) - Blu-ray Review

The Freshman - Blu-ray ReviewWhen it comes to the comedy of Harold Lloyd you just can’t top 1925’s The Freshman. In it, Lloyd plays Harold Lamb – and, yes, that IS the best character name in the Silent Film Era – and the movie traces his comedic journey to become the big man on campus. It is,   ...

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Saving Mr. Banks - Blu-ray Review

Savign Mr. Banks - Movie ReviewAt the center of Saving Mr. Banks, the fascinating back-story of how Disney’s beloved classic Mary Poppins made its way to the big screen, is the relationship between the book’s prickly author, P.L. Travers and Walt Disney himself. A relationship that could be described ...

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Inside Llewyn Davis - Blu-ray Review

Inside Lllewyn Davis - Movie ReviewInside Llewyn Davis – while being focused on the Greenwich Village scene of the early 1960s – is a timeless masterpiece of sound and vision and perfectly relevant in today’s absurd world.  Yes, I said that the period film is, in fact, timeless. It is further proof ...

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American Hustle - Blu-ray Review

American Hustle - Movie ReviewOn its surface, American Hustle is the story of one of the most extraordinarily damning scandals of the ‘70s. But beneath that grimy facade of sleazy con-men, corrupt politicians, and oily FBI agents, is the powerful love story between Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) ...

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The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) - Blu-ray Review

The Slumber Party Massacre - Blu-ray ReviewUp until this week, this Roger Corman-produced slasher/comedy was long overdue on blu-ray. It was originally made in 1982 on a shoestring budget and featured as many boobs as it did grizzly power-tool murders. Directed by Amy Holden Jones (who turned down editing  ...

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Frozen: Collector's Edition - Blu-ray Review

Frozen - Blu-ray ReviewInspired in part by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, Walt Disney’s impressive reign over everything considered princess-worthy and cute continues with the magnificent Frozen. It continues to melt hearts and now, with today’s Blu-ray debut, it does so in high  ...

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Blu-ray Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Blu-ray ReviewSafe at home in the totalitarian future is where we resume with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) but – as the uprising is already gaining momentum – safe is exactly what we aren’t in Catching Fire. The Powers that be in Katniss’s world aren’t very happy with her. Grim through and  ...

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Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration: Deluxe Edition (1992) - Blu-ray Review

Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - Blu-ray ReviewGod bless the Japanese. Already ahead of the HD game in 1992, the Japanese film crew responsible for recording Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration used an early form of High-Definition tape cameras while HBO and other Pay-Per-View engineers used  ...

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