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Knock Knock - Blu-ray Review

Knock Knock - Movie ReviewDirector Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno) turns his back on gore with his take on Peter Traynor’s 1977 exploitation movie Death GameKnock Knock is, at once, a much better film than its predecessor and, as far as home-invasion flicks go, a much more  ...

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Gravy (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Gravy - Blu-ray ReviewOperating along the same guidelines as a raging bull in a china shop, James Roday’s directorial-debut Gravy, now appreciating a solid release on blu-ray thanks to Scream! Factory, is a gonzo-spirited horror-comedy that definitely does not disappoint.   This freewheeling comedy  ...

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Rumble in the Bronx (1995)/First Strike (1996) - Blu-ray Review

Rumble in the Bronx - Blu-ray ReviewWith the release of Jackie Chan’s Rumble in the Bronx and First Strike on blu-ray this week Warner’s back catalog of New Line titles finally begin their much-delayed martial arts HD rollout.  These are, mind you, bare-boned releases with a 2K visual upgrade and no special  ...

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The Martian - Blu-ray Review

The Martian - Movie ReviewAmongst the many memorable moments that occur during director Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, is one particularly moving episode that perfectly illustrates that the director “gets it” and that his film has been constructed with loads of loving care and meticulous attention  ...

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Sicario - Blu-ray Review

Sicario - Movie ReviewWow.  To think it was just earlier this week that I wrote about how gruesome Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno is and why that graphic repugnance is much needed in our uber-safeguarded world.  Following in step with that line of thought comes director Denis Villeneuve   ...

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The Green Inferno - Blu-ray Review

The Green INferno - Movie ReviewWriter/director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel I & II, and Aftershock) might just need to be crowned the new King of Putrid.  A self-confessed connoisseur of gore and Grindhouse alum, Roth’s work in the genre is living proof that the exploitation flick is not forgotten and definitely ...

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Christine (1983) - Blu-ray Review

Christine - Blu-ray ReviewJohn Carpenter’s Christine is a masterpiece.  There.  I said it.  There’s simply no other way to put it.  Criminally underrated by damn near every critic, its release this week on blu – thanks to Sony Entertainment – offers me the opportunity to argue for its reconsideration as  ...

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The Invisible Monster (1950) - Blu-ray Review

The Invisible Monster (1950) - Blu-ray ReviewWhen Olive Films announced that they would be releasing Republic's The Invisible Monster, a 12-part serial from 1950, on blu-ray my excitement shot through the roof.  Audiences (myself included) would finally be able to see the  the Phantom Ruler in all his HD glory ...

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The Intern - Blu-ray Review

The Intern - Movie ReviewWriter/director Nancy Meyers (The Parent Trap, Something’s Gotta Give) takes on the American generation gap and mixes in clichéd beats of gender role reversal in her latest called The Intern, a film which would come and go without much notice were it not for the surprising chemistry  ...

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The Sentinel (1977) - Blu-ray Review

The Sentinel - Blu-ray ReviewGod bless Burgess Meredith.  I mean really.  God bless him.  Whether cantankerous, goofy, or playing a booklover facing a world without people and spectacles, his performances dramatically elevates the material.  Here, in Michael Winner’s atmospheric The Sentinel, his  ...

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Slaughter (1972) - Blu-ray Review

Slaughter (1972) - Blu-ray ReviewHailing from the early years of the Blaxploitation movement in cinema, Jim Brown in 1972’s Slaughter is one helluva serious bad ass.   He never smiles and puts EVERYONE in his or her place.  The film – as its blu-ray arrives this week courtesy of Olive Films – remains  ...

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Inherit the Wind - DVD Review

Inherit the Wind - DVD ReviewI know someone who refuses to watch any movie more than once. After my second viewing of Inherit the Wind (1960), I think she might have the right idea. The first time I watched this classic, the performances of Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly and Fredric March really impressed  ...

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Eaten Alive (1977) - Blu-ray Review

Eaten Alive (1977) - Blu-ray ReviewWith strong hues of murderous reds and neon blues, Tobe Hooper’s follow-up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has always been regarded as a stylized mess.  It is neither good enough nor horrible enough to dismiss without a second thought, though.  It is a movie that   ...

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Cinderella (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Cinderella - Blu-ray ReviewRemember when actor/director Kenneth Branagh used to draw fiery criticisms for his lengthy and highly-charged adaptations?  The monumental mounting of Shakespeare’s unabridged version of Hamlet, visualized for the 19th Century, had a mix of people running toward and away ...

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Marvel's Agent Carter: The Complete First Season (Amazon Exclusive) - Blu-ray Review

Marvel's Agent Carter: The Complete First Season - Blu-ray ReviewIf people are STILL complaining about the lack of quality female-centered stories and NOT watching Marvel’s Agent Carter then something is seriously wrong with them. Marvel Studios has answered the call with this smartly-written eight-part series that turns an interesting   ...

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