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We're the Millers - Blu-ray Review

We're the Millers - Movie Review In a summer chock-full of underwhelming tentpole features, superhero misfires, and a general box office malaise threatening to change how movies are made, it’s refreshing to find a bit of relief in the least likely of places: a film that stars Jennifer Aniston - the sweet ...

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City Lights (1931) - Blu-ray Review

City Lights - Blu-ray Review The critics said it couldn’t be done.  After the advent of sound in motion pictures, the silent film reels audiences loved before would be considered passé.  The success of Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer had changed all that. People wanted “talkies” and producers always ...

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Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror - 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition (1922) - Blu-ray Review

Nosferatu - Blu-ray Review The script goes, “Fear was lurking in every corner of town.  Who was still healthy?  Who was sick?”  No, this isn’t from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book.  This is from the Intertitles of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; the first and the absolute best ...

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Clear History - Blu-ray Review

Clear History - Blu-ray Review

This just in: Larry David has quit his job and lost a fortune (along with his razor)... Not really.  It’s just a movie.  The partnership between HBO and Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) continues with Clear History.  And so do the dark themes of greed...

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition - Blu-ray Review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Blu-ray Review

The wait is over. The extended edition of The Hobbit is upon us.  The result, however, is more of the same.  The additional scenes still don’t slow down the headache-causing pace of the film and there’s still very little of the wonder and joy that sun-kissed Peter ...

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Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ - Blu-ray Review

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' - blu-ray Review The release of Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’, which premiered on PBS’ acclaimed American Masters series earlier this month, is a magnificent journey through Hendrix’s multi-colored life.  It is a must-own for any fan or any lover of music as it contains some ...

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The Conjuring - Blu-ray Review

The Conjuring - Movie Review Finally, after what seems like years (maybe decades) of waiting, Hollywood manages to produce a modern-made haunted house tale worth a damn.  No longer do we have to run to films like 1963’s The Haunting, 1980’s The Changeling or 1979’s The Amityville ...

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R.I.P.D. - Blu-ray Review

R.I.P.D. - Movie ReviewDespite shaky CGI, numerous reality-straining leaps in logic, and complete lack of tonal consistency, R.I.P.D. actually has a much bigger problem to overcome if it hopes to find an audience... even in this summer’s stagnant swamp of underwhelming offerings. A more ...

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Move Me Brightly: A Documentary Concert Film Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday - Blu-ray Review

Move Me Brightly - Blu-ray Review It was the cult of personality that – for a long, long time – kept me away from totally embracing Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.  It was the tie-dye worshippers; the Dead Head antics; the endless parade of freaks celebrating their stoned memories of a by-gone ...

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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition - Blu-ray Review

The Exorcist - Blu-ray ReviewHaving grown up with horror movies from a really inappropriate age and finding them a delight, each and every one, there was one I’d been urged to watch and never got around to in my youth. My mother, as I got into my teens, kept telling me to ‘watch The Exorcist’,  ...

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The Vincent Price Collection - Blu-ray Review

The Vincent Price Collection - Blu-ray ReviewThe films in the collection might be at random and, as a result, it might be incomplete but Shout Factory’s release of The Vincent Price Collection is truly something any fan of classic horror can celebrate with cake, decorations, and nonstop parties this Halloween season ...

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The Uninvited: Criterion Collection (1944) - Blu-ray Review

The Uninvited - Blu-ray Review Falling in love with an abandoned seaside house can be bad for your health.  Just ask music critic/composer Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey).  Directed by Lewis Allen, The Uninvited, unleashed on Blu-ray courtesy of the Criterion...

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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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