Reel Reviews

The Park is Mine (1985) - Blu-ray Review

The Park is Mine (1986) - Blu-ray ReviewI’m not sure if it is Tangerine Dream’s electronic score or Tommy Lee Jones’ performance as the veteran who takes over Central Park for about two days or the subject matter itself of pushing back against the system that makes The Park is Mine work so insanely well  ...

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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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Creepshow 2 (1987) - Blu-ray Review

Creepshow 2 - Blu-ray ReviewThe follow-up to the 1982 hit Creepshow probably arrived three years too late.  While George A. Romero and Stephen King are involved with the project, it simply doesn’t have the same deadly bite that the first one did.  Directed by Michael Gornick and written by Romero, the  ...

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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