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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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) - Blu-ray Review

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone - Blu-ray ReviewIt was the first movie I ever saw in 3-D.  Friggin’ SpaceVision as I recall.  For that reason and others (involving the sheer joy of the flick), I freakin’ love director Lamont Johnson’s Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone.  LOVE IT.  To me, it is Canuxploitation ...

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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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Exterminator 2 (1984) - Blu-ray Review

Exterminator 2 - Blu-ray ReviewBurn, baby, burn! Cannon Films, man.  What a run they had.  From American Ninja to Delta Force and beyond, for many a teenager growing up in the 1970s and the 1980s, they were the source for high-flying action.  I mean, who doesn’t love Stallone taking names and ...

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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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The Hound of the Baskervilles: The Limited Edition Series (1959) - Blu-ray Review

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) - Blu-ray ReviewTo this day, there remains something insanely special about director Brian De Palma’s Carrie.  It is based on the once-discarded novel by Stephen King, but was painstakingly adapted for the screen by Lawrence D. Cohen.  Cohen got everything about King’s first novel right  ...

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Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (Collector's Edition) - Blu-ray Review

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series - Blu-ray ReviewThe third time is the charm for Shout Factory with their blu-ray release of the American teen comedy-drama television show (complete with its own built-in cult following), Freaks and Geeks! Created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, Freaks and Geeks  ...

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From Hell It Came (1957) - Blu-ray Review

From Hell it Came (1957) - Blu-ray ReviewA Tree of Terror!  Americans in peril!  Radioactive typhoons!  Jungle Witchcraft!  From Hell It Came promises and delivers a total atomic age … bomb.  No wonder then that this film was the last monster picture to be created by the Milner Bros.  There’s no coming back from ...

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The Intern - Blu-ray [UK] Review

The Intern - Movie ReviewThis one flew under the radar for this reviewer, but by all accounts did good business at the box office. Looking at the cover it appeared the The Intern was a rehash of Anne Hathaway’s shtick from The Devil Wears Prada (movie posters these days really suck), but one look at the  ...

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Rollerball: Encore Edition (1975) - Blu-ray Review

Rollerball (1975) - Blu-ray Review"I love this game, Moonpie.  I love it." A dark arena fills the picture.  Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor fills our ears as two teams enter the rink.  The teams are Houston and Madrid and the game they are about to play is called Rollerball, a violent sport centered ...

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The Peanuts Movie: Collector's Edition (2015) - Blu-ray Review

The Peanuts Movie - Blu-ray ReviewLet’s go back.  Let’s go way back.  It’s hard to imagine now, but once upon a time ago there was no such thing as "digital noise".  The Internet was not around, iPads were still only on Star Trek, and cell phones were the size of bazookas.  Those were days free from distractions.  ...

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The Screaming Skull (1958) - Blu-ray Review

The Screaming Skull (1958) - Blu-ray ReviewThis film might kill you.  Honestly, truer words have seldom been spoken.  The banging window.  The knocking on the door.  Don’t investigate it, Jenni (Peggy Webber), just leave it alone.  Webber could be your plainspoken Auntie, folks, and you definitely don’t want anything ...

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Dark Places (2015) - Blu-ray [UK] Review

Dark PLaces - Blu-ray Review‘Tis a rare thing, nowadays, when Hollywood will throw a buck at something that doesn’t have a Roman numeral next to it, or you have to place ‘re’ in front of make, boot, imagined, or some other such gentle euphemism for GAURANTEED buck, so we’ll run with it. It’s a brave  ...

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Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959) - Blu-ray Review

Caltiki The Immortal Monster (1959) - Blu-ray ReviewRemember that time when famed Italian director Mario Bava co-directed a wacky tale of science fiction terror about a Mayan blob that tormented some researchers in Mexico?  What’s that?  You don’t remember Caltiki, the Immortal Monster or the pool of gold- ...

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Blu-ray Review

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Blu-ray ReviewIt was required viewing in my freshman film course.  That was my introduction to The Manchurian Candidate and, after having written many words about it, the film continues to seer its way into my thoughts.  One can easily glance at its cast and dismiss it BUT only fools   ...

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