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John Carpenter’s Halloween: 35th Anniversary (1978) - Blu-ray Review

Halloween - 35th Anniversary - Blu-ray Review The bookish virgin.  Two selfish friends.  The obsessed psychiatrist.  A babysitting job on October 31st.  And The Shape.  Halloween, masterfully directed by John Carpenter, is considered – some 35 years after its release – a classic film of sound and vision ...

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Psycho II (1983) - Blu-ray Review

Psycho 2 - Blu-ray Review I wonder if, for filmmakers, there could there be anything more terrifying than helming a sequel to a beloved classic film 22 years after the original.  Or is such a task just plain stupid and flawed from its inception?  What if you could get some of the major ...

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John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness: Collector's Edition (1987)

Prince of Darkness Writer/Director John Carpenter must really be a miracle worker.  He’s got some serious mojo working in his favor.  Or maybe he’s simply a smarter filmmaker than most give him credit.Other than the late great Howard Hawks, I can think of no other director ...

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Robin Hood (1973) - Blu-ray Review

Robin Hoob (1973) Kevin Costner’s highly successful version of the English tale of Robin Hood took much flak for his appalling attempt at a British accent (in those few lines he did actually attempt it). But decades before, Disney released its own version of the hero of Sherwood Forest ...

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Maniac - Blu-ray Review

Maniac It’s a tough order to do a slasher movie these days and bring anything remotely original to the subgenre after decades and thousands of attempts. Scream tried the self-aware approach to great acclaim, but really, despite all producer rhetoric to the contrary, one ...

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Superman: Unbound - Blu-ray Review

Superman: Unbound - Blu-ray Review DC’s animated movie onslaught continues with another adventure from the Man of Steel. This time out, fan favourite Brainiac is headed to earth to procure a city for his shrunken city collection, and then will torpedo the Sun and destroy the Earth. These movies ...

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World War Z - Blu-ray Review

World War Z - Movie Review When it comes to intelligence in zombie flicks, World War Z takes the undead crown.  It is indeed a compliment but – in a summer with a dumbed-down Superman as reigning champ of the box office – smarts just might be the film’s downfall.  Director Marc ...

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Grimm: Season Two - Blu-ray Review

Grimm: Season Two Who’d have thought it?!  Grimm survived the Friday night kiss of death time slot and NBC’s TV show guillotine.  And it did it with so much fun and style that NBC executives had no choice BUT to embrace the Sean Hayes-produced creature-of-the-week show. Welcome back ...

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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors (1967) - Blu-ray Review

Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors With a series as long-running as Doctor Who, one finds it increasingly rare that there can be anything new offered to fans.  That’s just what The Ice Warriors is though.  Long thought a loss cause for fans and their collections due to the deletion of Episodes Two ...

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Day of the Dead: Collector's Edition (1985) - Blu-ray Review

Day of the Dead - Collector's Edition

The Dead Walk! With no further explanation than that, writer/director and all around Horror Maestro George A. Romero returns for a third time to the zombie setting he famously started with Night of the Living Dead. This time he takes the genre to Florida where ...

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Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965) - Blu-ray Review

Dracula - Prince of Darkness - Blu-ray Review Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula, Prince of Darkness is Hammer Films' first sequel to 1958's Horror of Dracula to feature the return of Christopher Lee as the Count (who was absent from 1960's Brides of Dracula).  It also marks a sort of crossroads marker for ...

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Star Trek Into Darkness - Blu-ray Review

Star Trek Into Darkness - Movie Review

You could never accuse JJ Abrams of not having courage. Here is a near 50 year old franchise with more television and cinematic entries than most in the world, with a rich history, and a ravenous and supporting fan base, and he decides to remake it. 2009’s ...

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The Fly (1958) - Blu-ray Review

The Fly - Blu-ray Review Containing one of the most sickening and shocking unveiling scenes in horror history, Kurt Nuemann’s The Fly finally lands on Blu-ray this week.  Fify -years later and still this giant-sized insect can’t be squashed.  Its impact has been too great on the film community ...

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Frankenstein's Army - Blu-ray Review

Frankenstein's Army - Blu-ray Review We all know that Frankenstein’s sickness can’t be cured.  To paraphrase the spritely grotesque Frankenstein’s Army, that sickness must be cut out…with the nastiest of dirty blades.  But what if Dr. Viktor Frankenstein (Karel Roden) and his sickness must be ...

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Haven: The Complete Third Season - Blu-ray Review

Haven: The COmplete Third Season - Blu-ray Review Two full seasons have passed and finally the characters of Haven are given the chance to really flourish.  All the hidden powers have been revealed and, while more characters are added, there’s a certain confidence that kick starts its Third Season; a confidence that ...

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