Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Director's Cut (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan Director's Cut - Blu-ray reviewI literally have tears in my eyes as I write this.  The new 4K scan with HDR grading of the director’s cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a thing of beauty.  The space battle sequences inside the Mutara Nebula in this transfer are an absolute delight as the color grading ...

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Mutant (1984) (Limited Edition of 2000) - Blu-ray Review

Mutant (1984) - Blu-ray reviewWhen I was a kid, it was this stupid movie that gave me a prolonged buzz.  In one quick scene a small child gets destroyed by a bunch of zombies in a bathroom.  It’s not grotesque; it’s implied as a horde of zombies gather round him to feast.  In another, a doctor verbally ...

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Midnight Special (2015) - Movie Review

Midnight SPecial - Blu-ray Review - Blu-ray ReviewWritten and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), Midnight Special is a richly dark treat that recalls some of the best moments from the slew of science fiction movies released during the 1980s.  It is ambitious and imaginative, refusing to provide answers while  ...

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Inquisition (1976) - Blu-ray Review

Inquisition (1978) - Blu-ray ReviewMasked robed figures populate the landscape of 16th century France in actor/writer/director Paul Naschy’s Inquisition.  Fires rage, too.  Decapitated heads rot on wooden posts.  Red X’s appear on the doors of stone houses of the condemned.  And the women – always ...

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Victor Frankenstein (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Victor Frankenstein - Blu-ray ReviewIt seems the go to reason to revisit classic characters, if one is to ask creative folk, is revisiting their stories with a new perspective. Setting aside the realities of modern cinema, it’s with that assertion that I sat down to this, the umpteenth go around, of Mary Shelley’s  ...

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Madhouse (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Madhouse (1981) - Blu-ray ReviewJust try to blow out these birthday candles, bitches! Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad and There Was a Little Girl) is for those horror b-movie junkies who want their cake and eat it, too.  Its sticky sweetness ...

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The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015) - Blu-ray Review

The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? - Blu-ray ReviewFascinating.  Truly fascinating.  The behind the scenes story of Tim Burton’s take on Superman is a thrilling and wondrous rollercoaster ride of emotional ups and downs.  It is as profound disappointment that all we have of the production are a handful of items, a couple  ...

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Rat Fink (1965) - Blu-ray Review

Rat Fink (1965) - Blu-ray ReviewRat Fink lives in the shadows.  It is a film about risk.  And it lives in another time and another place, where classic cars travel high speeds and loners ride the rails as Ricky Nelson-like pop songs live and breathe as more than mere background music.  It is a dangerous place ...

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Shelter - DVD Review

Shelter - DVD Review"I used to be someone," reads a cardboard sign held up by Hannah (Jennifer Connelly), a homeless woman on the streets of Manhattan in the movie Shelter. Hannah and another vagrant, Tahir (Anthony Mackie), meet and slowly fall in love. He's an illegal Nigerian immigrant  ...

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Alienator (1990) - Blu-ray Review

Alienator (1990) - Blu-ray ReviewBefore Alien met Predator and THAT battle began, there was Alienator. I’m not really sure why Alienator, which is partly a remake of The Astounding She-Monster, doesn’t work as raucous as one would expect, especially from a b-movie director as prolific as Fred Olen  ...

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Roots: The Complete Original Series (1977) - Blu-ray Review

Roots: The Comeplte Series (1977) - Blu-ray ReviewArriving for the first time on blu-ray, Alex Haley’s Roots is sure to capture the attention of those who originally watched the 8-episode narrative.  It’s hard for me to see that this release has much of a life outside of that circle.  It is quickly being replaced with The History  ...

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Evil Ed (1995) - Blu-ray Review

Evil Ed (1995) - Blu-ray ReviewNever before has losing one's mind been so brutally glorious and funny! Wickedly directed (and shot) by Anders Jacobsson and written by Göran Lundström and Christer Ohlsson, Evil Ed is a clever response to Sweden’s own government-sponsored view of film censorship ...

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Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series - Blu-ray Review

Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series - Blu-ray ReviewThere was simply no way to predict it.  With Peter Capaldi returning to the controls of the TARDIS for his second run as the beloved Doctor Who, there was every hope that it could be but no one – NO ONE – expected the Ninth Series of the rebooted Doctor Who to be ...

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A Cure for Wellness - Blu-ray Review

A Cure for Wellness - Movie ReviewA Cure for Wellness is not recommended to be a movie you just absentmindedly waltz in and watch.  Its lens is far too encompassing for that.  First we have the spa-based elements to deal with.  Then there is the nod to the fabulous run of Hammer films that went ...

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Alice Through the Looking Glass - Blu-ray Review

Alice Through the Looking Glass - Movie ReviewTime is a thief” utters Alice Through the Looking Glass’s star Mia Wasikowska. In some kind of weird self-aware pronouncement, she reminds us that somehow it’s been six years since Burton’s motley crew of Lewis Carroll-inspired characters convened for their epic  ...

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