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Pacific Rim - Blu-ray Review

Pacific Rim - Movie Review With Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro has turned in an almost perfect summer blockbuster.  It's been hyped to death and it might not live up to the hype - but it is a whole lot of fun.  And in a summer that has not been full of it at the box office, that surely counts ...

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Defiance: Season One - Blu-ray Review

Defiance Season One - Blu-ray Review I’m still not sure how Syfy managed to wrangle up the dough for Defiance, a science fiction series that is the first of its kind due to its multi-platform approach to the narrative.  The show is a truly immersive experience that features an interconnected world that ...

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Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons (1975) - DVD Review

Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons A genuine classic of the long running Doctor Who BBC series has finally seen the light of day on DVD.  Terror of the Zygons remains a terrifying experience of Celtic proportions.  Opening its thirteenth series and Tom Baker’s second as the Doctor, this story ...

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The Haunting (1963) - Blu-ray Review

The Haunting (1963) It’s in the voiceover upon first seeing Hill House; that’s what always sends me over the edge.  “It’s staring at me,” says Eleanor Lance (Julie Harris) and, indeed, the house is truly staring at her.  This is the psychological territory of director Robert Wise's fascinating ...

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Aladdin - Blu-ray Review [Region-free UK]

Aladdin - Blu-ray ReviewBy 1992 the renaissance of Disney’s theatrical animation output was in full swing. The Little Mermaid spear-headed things, Beauty and the Beast continued it, and added the distinction of being the first animated film ever to be nominated for an Oscar (this was ...

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome - Blu-ray Review

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chromeblu-ray When Battlestar Galactica’s highly successful reboot came to an end in 2009, it was with a heavy heart that fans all around the world bade them goodbye in a satisfying ending. Unlike many shows, this one actually went out with people wanting more, not outstaying ....

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Byzantium - Blu-ray Review [Region 2]

Byzantium - Blu-ray Review Neil Jordan has entered the vampire genre a total of three times now, none with more plaudits than when he assembled a mega-watt cast for Interview with the Vampire. Now, nearly twenty years after that success, and every man and their dog making vampire movies ...

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This is the End - Blu-ray Review

This is the End - Movie Review The apocalypse gets Rogenized in this summer’s funniest (and most frightening) stoner comedy.  It’s a movie for anyone who thought Cabin in the Woods was righteous; for anyone who likes to see celebrities take shots – literally in some cases – at themselves; ...

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The Purge - Blu-ray Review

The Purge - Blu-ray Review

“Blessed be the New Founders! Blessed be the new America!” The Tea Party, born out of frustration from having their conservative voices and agenda ignored, finally have a movie they can offer as proof that no one is listening or at least those listening just don’t get their ...

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American Horror Story: Asylum - Blu-ray Review

American Horror Story - Blu-ray Review Insanity.  Nuns.  Aliens.  Serial killers.  Possession.  The Devil.  Abortion.  And the Holocaust.  Is there anything that the second season of American Horror Story doesn’t include?  Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story: Asylum opens ...

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Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm - Blu-ray Review

Ain't In it for My Health - Blu-ray Review Levon Helm, that backbeat-keepin’ dirt farmer with a very recognizable voice, is still with us.  His fans know his struggles with addiction, bankruptcy, and throat cancer but, with the documentary Ain’t in It for My Health, we get to see the absolute joy and peace ...

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The Kings of Summer - DVD Review

The Kings of Summer - DVD ReviewJoe and Patrick’s summer vacation has just begun, and already their parents make them want to run away. But where can suburban teenage boys go to escape? Joe gets an idea: they’ll build their own house in the secluded woods. After making a crude birdhouse ...

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The Devil Bat (1940) - Blu-ray Review

The Devil Bat (1940) - Blu-ray Review

Oh, Poverty Row and its horror show thrills!  The Devil Bat has returned! Starring Bela Lugosi – who was in the middle of a comeback that would soon stall out – The Devil Bat is the ultimate statement concerning the ignored state of horror at the end of the ...

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The Amityville Horror Trilogy - Blu-ray Review

Amityville Horror Trilogy - Blu-ray Review

We've been told to get out already.  Allow me, then, to be the first to welcome you back to 112 Ocean Avenue. Scream Factory’s release of all three original Amityville films is, unquestionably, a must-own for any fan of horror.  Based on a supposed true haunting...

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House of Wax 3D (1953) - Blu-ray Review

House of Wax 3D 1953 - Blu-ray Review The most successful 3D film of the 1950s has finally arrived on Blu-ray.  André de Toth’s House of Wax brought Warner Bros a lot of fortune and fame during its original run in 1953 but the film is also known for something else: the rebirth of Vincent Price. Yes, there was ...

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