Reel Reviews

Death Hunt (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Death Hunt (1981) - Blu-ray Review Loosely based on the real life Canadian manhunt for `Mad Trapper' Albert Johnson, director Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) proves once again to be stellar behind the camera as Death Hunt belongs in its own genre.  Is it completely action-filled? ....

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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space (1970) - Blu-ray Review

Doctor Who Spearhead from Space One of the few filmic anomalies in the classic era of the long-running Doctor Who series has finally received the upgrade it so richly deserves.  Jon Pertwee's first outing as the Doctor is the first time the adventures of the Time Lord were shown in color.  That in itself ...

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Hatchet 3: Unrated Director’s Cut - Blu-ray Review

Hatchet III - Blu-ray Review The no CGI mandate continues as Adam Green’s uber-bloody Hatchet series comes up with its third and freshest entry.  Directed by BJ McDonnell, Hatchet 3 begins precisely where the second one ended – with actress Danielle Harris butchering the main antagonist ...

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The Host - Blu-ray Review

The Host - Blu-ray Review With a billion dollar franchise like Twilight to her name it was inevitable that Stephanie Meyer’s other works would quickly find their way to the big screen. According to those in the know, Meyer quickly penned this alien invasion story after completing Eclipse, and ...

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West of Memphis - Blu-ray Review

West of Memphis - Movie Review The unsettling case of the West Memphis Three gets yet another documentary - that’s four now. But West of Memphis is different. Aside from the passing of time - some 18 years - that has uncovered additional evidence, recanted testimony, and incompetent forensics...

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Mud - Blu-ray Review

Mud - Movie Review Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ love of Mark Twain shines brightly through every frame of his latest film called Mud, the story of a young boy’s coming of age in Southeastern Arkansas’ sultry delta region. While the film’s river setting, its teenage protagonists, and ...

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Oblivion- Blu-ray Review

Oblivion - Movie Review Tom Cruise has been a busy boy of late: first Jack Reacher and now a big budget science fiction adaption from the unpublished graphic novel Oblivion. The writer of that graphic novel happens to be the writer/director of the film, who vowed a couple of years ...

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The Place Beyond the Pines - Blu-ray Review

the Place Beyond the Pines - Movie Review Derek Cianfrance, who brought us 2010’s beautifully tragic Blue Valentine, again explores the seamy edges of family dysfunction with his The Place Beyond the Pines that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Only this time, he shifts the ...

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Iron Man 3 - Blu-ray Review (2)

Iron Man 3 - Movie Review So concludes the four picture deal that began so spectacularly in 2008 with Marvel’s major cinematic gamble: Iron Man. Now three stand-alones/and a crossover film later, has that film gotten a worthy third entry? Phase Two of Marvel’s cinematic universe kicks off with ...

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A Boy and His Dog (1975) - Blu-ray Review

A Boy and His Dog (1975) - Blu-ray Review A Boy and His Dog is the perfect post-apocalyptic movie.  The dark humor from science fiction author Harlan Ellison (writer for Star Trek, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and The Outer Limits) is striking and solid and, in spite of this being a short story adaptation, largely ...

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Battlestar Galactica: The 35th Anniversary Edition (1978) - Blu-ray Review

Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary Originally inspired by spacey Mormon theology concerning a planet named Kolob and the council of twelve, the original Battlestar Galactica movie (but really just the first three episodes of the series cut into a motion picture) arrives on Blu-ray this month courtesy ...

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Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956) - Blu-ray Review

Fire Maidens of Outer SPace Cy Roth’s Fire Maidens of Outer Space from 1956 is 78-minutes of black-and-white science fiction B-movie cheese.  It should be noted that most of that cheese has spoiled.  While this isn’t the worse film ever made, it is a close contender.  Having admitted that the film ...

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Swamp Thing (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Swamp Thing (1980) Released years before the Alan Moore revisions of DC Comics Universe’s environmentally concerned soul crusader, Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing isn’t so much a superhero movie in the traditional sense as it is a creature feature for the camp crowd of matinee ...

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The Incredible Melting Man (1977) - Blu-ray Review

The Incredible Melting Man - Blu-ray Review Cheese never gets as gooey as it does in William Sachs’ bloody awful The Incredible Melting Man.  Originally intended to be a spoof of horror films until money hungry producers – realizing there’s more money to be made in a serious horror film - got a hold ...

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The Fog (1980) - Blu-ray Review

The Fog Fresh from the success of 1978’s Halloween, director John Carpenter returns to horror and its star Jamie Lee Curtis for his follow-up feature film.  The Fog is a supernatural horror flick that is heavy on atmosphere and creativity and, in spite ...

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