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The Legend of Tarzan - Blu-ray Review

The Legend of Tarzan - Movie ReviewFew fictional characters have been through the entertainment wringer as many times as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan the Ape Man. The subject of dozens of novels, countless comic books, a TV and a radio series, Broadway plays, and more than 200 movies (the oldest  ...

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Phantasm: Remastered (1979) - Blu-ray Review

Phantasm: Remastered (1979) - Blu-ray ReviewThanks to J.J. Abrams and everyone’s efforts at Bad Robot, I have – to date – watched Phantasm more times in the past 2 months than in the whole of my entire life.  The reasons are clear.  It is, warts and all, one of the most perfect B-movies of all time.  It’s re-release in  ...

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Captain America: Civil War - Blu-ray Review

Captain America: Civil War - Movie ReviewSo begins Marvel’s continued domination in the costumed hero department, as their Phase 3 comes out swinging in high style. After the Russo brother’s proved their talent with Cap in The Winter Soldier, it seemed they replaced former Marvel golden boy Joss Whedon ...

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Phantasm: RaVager - Blu-ray Review

Phantasm: RaVager - Blu-ray Cover

The Phantasm series completes its offbeat rotation around the sun with the release of Phantasm: RaVager this Friday.  It is a movie that is both a fitting goodbye to the late Angus Scrimm and, operating as the fifth and final movie in the series, a fitting conclusion.  As you are more...

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The Shallows - Blu-ray Review

The Shallows - Blu-ray ReviewThe Shallows just might be the sleeper hit of the summer.  Straightforward, intense, and with just a hint of symbolism, The Shallows gets the balance right for the summer season and delivers an engaging story of survival.  Of course, whether or not YOU like like the movie ...

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The Lodger (1944) - Blu-ray Review

The Lodger (1944) - Blu-ray ReviewLaird Cregar.  I’d like to spend a minute or two dwelling on just how awesome he is as an actor.  Hilarious in the screwball comedies he was cast in, Cregar was a very tall man of many hats and he never failed to deliver a memorable performance.  He was an imposing figure  ...

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The Darkness - Blu-ray Review

The Darkness - Movie ReviewI have to ask you this.  Do you believe in God?  You’re going to need that faith in order to survive this one, brothers and sisters.  The Darkness is a dull ride through familiar roads with actors and actresses more talented than the trappings of this bland and forgettable  ...

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Jack Frost: Limited Edition Lenticular Artwork (1997) - Blu-ray Review

Jack Frost: Limited Edition Leniticular Artwork (1977) - Blu-ray ReviewJack Frost has been granted an extended life, Ghouls and Boils!  With more schlock than shock, this earnest slasher is truly a gift to manunkind.  Wait.  Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of this one, fellow freaks.  No, it does NOT star Michael Keaton as a harmonica-blowing  ...

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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) - Blu-ray Review

Everybody Wants Some - Blu-ray ReviewWatching Everybody Wants Some!! is like putting on a pair of your favorite shoes.  Everything fits.  Every inch is perfect; every stitch broke in.  And, damn it, these Chuck Taylors keep you moving AND grooving.  Written and directed by Richard Linklater, his spin on the  ...

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The Alien Dead: Limited Signed Edition (1978) - Blu-ray Review

The Alien Dead - Blu-ray ArtworkIt came from outer space to eat the living! With this tag, Fred Olen Ray’s The Alien Dead arrived in theaters. This was his first theatrically released film and, while it underperformed, there’s no denying that a legacy for schlock was born. While the B-movie disappeared  ...

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011) - Blu-ray Review

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan - blu-ray ReviewThere are few other visual effects artists that I know of who continually inspire filmmakers as significant to the medium than that of special effects guru Ray Harryhausen.  His name alone conjures up images of giants, sword-fighting skeletons, monsters, and, hell, Medusa  ...

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The Neptune Factor (1973) - Blu-ray Review

The Neptune Factor (1973) - Blu-ray ReviewWhile the results are far from perfect, The Neptune Factor probably began its life as an imagined undersea adventure with some unexpected moments of the bizarre.  It’s certainly creative with what it offers, but the results are beyond disappointing.  The film cuts its characters  ...

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The X-Files: The Event Series (2016) - Blu-ray Review

The X-Files: The Event Series (2016) - Blu-ray ReviewSomething strange happened on the evening of the 24th of January this year.  People were actually watching Fox again; a lot of people.  When all fast-tracked Nielsen figures were in, the network reported that 13.5 million people, on a Sunday night after extended NFC  ...

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Rabid: Collector's Edition (1977) - Blu-ray Review

Rabid (1977): Collector's Edition Blu-ray ReviewWindows up.  Doors locked.  Such is the paranoid view that David Cronenberg’s Rabid presents in his commercial follow-up to his debut, Shivers.  Quebec and Montréal, due to a highly suspect procedure received by Rose, the lead character actress Marilyn Chambers ...

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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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