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Muscle Shoals - Blu-ray Review

Muscle Shoals - Blu-ray Review

When it comes to documentaries, it is my belief that a non-fiction film must have a living and breathing environment that it adheres to. Muscle Shoals, a film by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier, is all about setting and the sound that comes seeping up from   ...

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Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season - Blu-ray Review

Adventure Time: Complete Season Three - Blu-ray Review

Inspired by the post-apocalyptic weirdness of A Boy and His Dog, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season arrives on shelves just in time for Spring Break. This 26-episode release – housed inside a die-cut slipcase that mimics one of my  ...

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The Shadow: Collector’s Edition (1994) - Blu-ray Review

The Shadow: Collector's Edition - Blu-ray Review

Exploding with the energy and styling of a 1930’s film noir flick, Russell Mulcahy’s The Shadow is an adaptation that should have been a lot bigger than it actually was upon its release in 1994. Critics killed it. Audiences ignored it. Maybe the marketing was off. Maybe it  ...

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Demonic Toys (1992) - Blu-ray Review

Demonic Toys - Blu-ray Review

Demonic Toys, written by David S. Goyer, is interesting in that your standard police procedural gets gutted by the horrors of children’s toys coming to life. Produced by Charles Band, the man responsible for Puppet Master, Demonic Toys is as hilarious as it is grizzly  ...

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Festival Express - Blu-ray Review

Festival Express - Blu-ray ReviewGrateful Dead.  Janis Joplin.  The Band.  Buddy Guy.  What do they all have in common?  Well, other than being fantastic rock bands, artists, and live performers, they once upon a time in 1970 shared the same train as it traveled through Canada and played a series of  ...

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Darkman: Collector's Edition (1990) - Blu-ray Review

Darkman Collector's Edition - Blu-ray Review

Sam Raimi. Do I need to say anything more? This little film has it all: horror, sci-fi, comedy, romance, drama, and superheroes. With Raimi’s knack for detail and energy behind the camera, Darkman is a total blast from my teenage past that hints at things to come from  ...

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Night of the Demons: Collector's Edition (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Night of the Demons - Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewFor the past decade or so, Kevin S. Tenney’s Night of the Demons has been gaining momentum in the respect department. It launched 2 sequels and worthless reboot starring Edward Furlong but never seemed to get its due respect when it comes ...

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The Beast of Hollow Mountain/The Neanderthal Man: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack - Blu-ray Review

The Beast of Hollow Mountain 0 Blu-ray ReviewFor fans of ‘50s retro sci-fi silliness, there is no better Blu-ray/DVD combo release to own right now than Shout! Factory’s double feature re-release of the black-and-white 1953 opus The Neanderthal Man paired with long-out-of-print 1956 extravaganza The Beast of ...

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Death Wish: 40th Anniversary Edition (1974) - Blu-ray Review

Death Wish (1974) - Movie Review

“Give me your money or I’ll bust you up.”  It is this line that forever alters the decision-making of an architect driven to murder. Morbidity goes mad in director Michael Winner’s Death Wish, a revenge flick from 1974 that made Charles Bronson a household name of  ...

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) - Blu-ray Review

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Blu-ray Review“Because I use my right hand, should I never use my left?  This is the question Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde asks viewers and then, with nihilistic precision, explores with dusky shadows and fantastic effects.  What we have in this silent film from 1920 is a mystical look ...

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Witchboard (1986) - Blu-ray Review

Witchboard (1986) - Blu-ray Review

There’s a joke somewhere here about the 1980’s, effective entertainment, and Canada, I just can’t seem to put it together just yet.  And even if someone else does it for me, Kevin Tenney’s fear-inducing Witchboard, both written and directed by him, wouldn’t be a part   ...

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Die, Monster, Die! (1965) - Movie Review

Die Monster DieThe creative stories of H.P. Lovecraft make for some relatively spotty film adaptations.  Only one – The Re-Animator –makes for recommended viewing.  The rest have moments of tasty goodness but – if I don’t know your tastes – I would hesitate to recommend them ...

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Machete Kills - Blu-ray Review

Machete Kills - Movie Review Robert Rodriguez’s Mex-ploitation saga continues with the batshit crazy antics highlighted in Machete Kills.  While the print critics prematurely hammer nails into the character’s coffin, no amount of bullets can kill Danny Trejo.  He may be older and bit more stiff ...

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20 Feet From Stardom - Blu-ray Review

20 Feet From StardomYou know their voices you just don’t know their names.  If you listen to records by The Rolling Stones or Sting, their voices are as familiar to you as your favorite pair of jeans.  Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, and Lisa Fischer are backup singers and, while talent does ...

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Captain Phillips - Blu-ray Review

Captain Phillips - Movie Review Captain Phillips, the latest film to cover the tragic events surrounding the 2009 hijacking of the American container ship Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia, has Paul Greengrass all over it. The one-time documentarian who applied his kinetic style to two ...

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