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Easy Rider: Criterion Collection (1969) - Blu-ray Review

Easy Rider - Blu-ray ReviewThe odds were not in Easy Rider's favor. Coming off of Roger Corman's The Wild Angels and the Jack Nicholson-penned The Trip, Peter Fonda was digging his heels into the counterculture scene. He and wild man Dennis Hopper, driven to tell another tale of  ...

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The Intern - Blu-ray Review

The Intern - Movie ReviewWriter/director Nancy Meyers (The Parent Trap, Something’s Gotta Give) takes on the American generation gap and mixes in clichéd beats of gender role reversal in her latest called The Intern, a film which would come and go without much notice were it not for the surprising chemistry  ...

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Death Becomes Her: Collector's Edition (1992) - Blu-ray Review

Death Becomes Her - Blu-ray ReviewDeath Becomes Her is, ironically enough, getting a much longer shelf life than ever expected. After suffering from abysmally dismissive reviews at the time of its release, the black comedy is now celebrated as a cult flick. And why not? It's dark and twisted; definitely  ...

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Faust (1926) Blu-ray Review

Faust (1926) - Blu-ray ReviewThere are few things more unforgettable and terrifying in the cinematic annuals than Emil Jannings as Mephisto in F. W. Murnau's Faust. Who? That's your first response. I know, I know. Unfortunately, when it comes to horror, the entire silent era of filmmaking gets overlooked   ...

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Dolemite (1975) - Blu-ray Review

Dolemite - Blu-ray ReviewRudy Ray Moore is not an actor. He is not a master of Kung Fu either. He isn't even a pimp but his stand-up comedy took a legendary turn when he adopted the persona of Dolemite and started hilariously rapping and rhyming about sex and violence with a bravado that  ...

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Inside Out - Blu-ray Review

Inside Out - Movie Review

And. I. Still. Have. Chills. That’s how insanely good Pixar’s Inside Out is. One could nitpick and point to faults in a frenzied middle but, with a concept as daring as the one presented here, there is simply no argument one could legitimately make to dissuade you from embracing  ...

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The Zero Boys (1986) - Blu-ray Review

The Zero Boys - Blu-ray ReviewThe Zero Boys is a forgotten entry in the horror genre. While it has the abandoned cabin in the woods and a group of horny teenagers out looking for a good evening of fun, The Zero Boys throws together several different genres and winds up creating a blended atmosphere  ...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Extended Edition Blu-ray Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - Movie ReviewRated R due to the amount of bloodshed and on-screen violence, director Peter Jackson returns one final time (maybe) to the fields of Middle-Earth and delivers The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition. Available this week, the new cut features 20 minutes of unseen moments. ...

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Sssssss (1973) - Blu-ray Review

Sssssss (1973) - Blu-ray ReviewSssssss is a magnificent B-movie whose appreciation starts with the fact that you actually have to hiss its title.  It is a mad scientist movie about snakes; real snakes mind you.  I can’t stress that aspect enough.  While it might be fun enough for some to watch Battlestar ...

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Max - Blu-ray Review

Max - Movie ReviewOn the heels of the widespread attention received by Marine sniper Chris Kyle in 2014’s American Sniper, America’s military working dogs (MWD) get their turn at glory with a movie called Max, a family drama about a military dog stricken with PTSD who returns from active duty to   ...

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two: Collector's Edition (1986) - Blu-ray Review

Texas Chainsaw Masscre 2 (collector's Edition) Blu-ray ReviewThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two continues to divide people.  I guess that’s how you know you might be onto to something really side-splitting and NEW.  The ONLY way you can follow a classic of the horror genre is by making its sequel a straight-up comedy....

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Special Effects Collection: Mighty Joe Young (1949), Son of Kong (1933), Them! (1954), and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) - Blu-ray Review

Special Effects - Blu-ray ReviewWarner Home Video outdoes itself this Halloween season with the release of a 4-film Special Effects Collection on blu-ray.  The set includes Mighty Joe Young (1949), Son of Kong (1933), Them! (1954), and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953); all of which are new   ...

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The Stuff (1985) - Blu-ray Review

The Stuff (1985) - Blu-ray ReviewIt begins in the snow.  In a dramatic shot, a Stetson-wearing worker discovers a thick white substance bubbling up from the ground.  Giant flanks of snow pepper his old face.  He approaches it silently.  Carefully.  He can’t resist, though, sampling this marshmallow-looking  ...

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Spy - Blu-ray Review

Spy - Movie ReviewMelissa McCarthy has had a bit of a rocky career since her breakthrough, Oscar-nominated performance in Bridesmaids back in 2011. While being riotously funny, the roles that showcase her natural talent have been of short supply. Even when paired with an equally  ...

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Bride of Re-Animator (1989) - Blu-ray Review

Bride of Re-animator (1989) - Blu-ray ReviewArrow Video has simply outdone themselves with the blu-ray release of the first sequel to Stuart Gordon's hit horror-comedy Re-Animator. Seriously, stop reading this RIGHT NOW and go grab a copy of Bride of Re-Animator before this limited edition release is all gone  ...

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