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Inside Llewyn Davis - Blu-ray Review

Inside Lllewyn Davis - Movie ReviewInside Llewyn Davis – while being focused on the Greenwich Village scene of the early 1960s – is a timeless masterpiece of sound and vision and perfectly relevant in today’s absurd world.  Yes, I said that the period film is, in fact, timeless. It is further proof ...

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American Hustle - Blu-ray Review

American Hustle - Movie ReviewOn its surface, American Hustle is the story of one of the most extraordinarily damning scandals of the ‘70s. But beneath that grimy facade of sleazy con-men, corrupt politicians, and oily FBI agents, is the powerful love story between Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) ...

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The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) - Blu-ray Review

The Slumber Party Massacre - Blu-ray ReviewUp until this week, this Roger Corman-produced slasher/comedy was long overdue on blu-ray. It was originally made in 1982 on a shoestring budget and featured as many boobs as it did grizzly power-tool murders. Directed by Amy Holden Jones (who turned down editing  ...

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Frozen: Collector's Edition - Blu-ray Review

Frozen - Blu-ray ReviewInspired in part by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, Walt Disney’s impressive reign over everything considered princess-worthy and cute continues with the magnificent Frozen. It continues to melt hearts and now, with today’s Blu-ray debut, it does so in high  ...

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Blu-ray Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Blu-ray ReviewSafe at home in the totalitarian future is where we resume with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) but – as the uprising is already gaining momentum – safe is exactly what we aren’t in Catching Fire. The Powers that be in Katniss’s world aren’t very happy with her. Grim through and  ...

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Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration: Deluxe Edition (1992) - Blu-ray Review

Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - Blu-ray ReviewGod bless the Japanese. Already ahead of the HD game in 1992, the Japanese film crew responsible for recording Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration used an early form of High-Definition tape cameras while HBO and other Pay-Per-View engineers used  ...

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Thor: The Dark World - Blu-ray Review [Region-free]

Thor: The Dark World - Blu-ray Review

As a lifelong DC comic reader, it was merely an ancillary knowledge of Marvel characters I was aware of. But Thor I was familiar with, and in a cinematic world damn curious as to how to make a blonde-haired ancient Norseman fit into their big screen canon. I was wrong a ...

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Vertigo (1958) - Blu-ray Review [Region-free]

Vertigo - Blu-ray Review

There are plenty of examples in film history of now revered classics not finding their audience upon first release. With so many ‘top’ lists having Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in them, and the reverence it has received for at least the last 30 years, it’s difficult to believe ...

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Garden State (2004) - Blu-ray Review

Garden State - Blu-ray ReviewIt’s hilarious to me to hear about people and critics turning their backs on a film they once heralded as a post-modern Bush-era classic. That’s exactly what is happening to Zach Braff’s Garden State. Upon its release in 2004, the film was nominated for the Grand Jury   ...

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Gravity - 3D Blu-ray Review

Gravity - Movie ReviewAlfonso Cuarón's Gravity is a masterpiece of sound and vision.  It achieves – in a crisp 90 minutes – everything that any filmmaker in love with the medium sets out to achieve.  Few attain it and most never produce a film as marvelous as the very Kubcrickian ...

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Nebraska - Blu-ray Review

nebraska - Movie ReviewThe heart of America – the real America that is – should be viewed in hard-bitten black-and-white photography.  Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) knows this about his Omaha birthplace and – while merging the brilliance of About Schmidt ...

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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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