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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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C.H.U.D. (1984) - Blu-ray Review

C.H.U.D. (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewHa, Criterion Collection.  It seems that little April Fools Day joke (back in 2011) has come to bite you in the ass.  C.H.U.D. has made it to blu-ray! There was a time in America when we surrendered to the idea of nuclear war.   It was bound to happen. Why fight it? This attitude  ...

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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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Bubba Ho-Tep: Collector's Edition (2002) - Blu-ray Review

Bubba Ho-Tep Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewBubba Ho-Tep and I have finally made up.  I get it.  I finally get why the movie absolutely works and why my punk-ass comments when it was originally released were so naïve.  To borrow a line from from Gatsby's Nick Carraway, “in my younger and more vulnerable years”I was a complete ...

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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 Initiation (1984) - Blu-ray Review

The Initiation (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewAnd so we come to the blatant rip-off.  Perhaps that’s too harsh.  After all, there are some interesting things in the mechanics of Larry Stewart’s slasher (the finale inside the multi-level Dallas Market Center being one), but not enough to keep audiences focused on its  ...

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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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The Majorettes (1987) - Blu-ray Review

Majorettes (1987) - Blu-ray ReviewBad Acting.  Bad dialogue.  Bad movie, right?  Not quite.  There are exceptions.  The Majorettes, starring Kevin Kindlin, Terrie Godfrey, Mark Jevicky, and Thomas E. Desrocher, is one of those.  This psychosexual charged flick owes much of its creative prowess to its creators’ ...

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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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Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) - Blu-ray Review

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) - Blu-ray Review and DetailsNever fear, Doc Savage is here!

With that joyous announcement, one of the campiest flicks to ever hit the 1970s leaps off the screen and into the hearts and minds of cinephiles everywhere.  Let’s get something straight first.  Doc Savage is completely ridiculous.  Full of knowing winks to the camera  ...

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Creed - Blu-ray Review

Creed - Movie ReviewAfter the success of Rocky Balboa (both critically and commercially), if you’d have asked me should the character of Rocky return for yet another installment I would have said “no” and quite emphatically.  In fact, to my friends and family and any stranger who dared  ...

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Private Property: Limited Edition (1960) - Blu-ray Review

Private Property - Limited Edition - Blu-ray ReivewWith funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute, the members of the UCLA Film & Television Archive have worked tirelessly to restore a small black-and-white crime potboiler that was thought long lost due to the unforgiving ravages of time.  The edgy film is a prophetic  ...

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The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) - Blu-ray Review

The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) - Blu-ray ReviewCruising rather comfortably on its low budget, Hammer Horror director Terence Fisher’s The Earth Dies Screaming has one of the fiercest and most engaging openings to every kick off a science fiction flick.  The Earth Dies Screaming literally begins with THE END of the  ...

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Kung Fu Panda 3 - Blu-ray Review

Kung Fu Panda - Movie ReviewThe skadoosh has returned.  After a five-year break, things effortlessly click back into place for the third (and more probable than not) final Kung Fu Panda movie.  It is an animated feature that hugs as much as it kicks with Po’s (Jack Black) swift swipe-to-air combos.  ...

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All Through the House (2015) - Blu-ray Review

All Through the House (2015) - Blu-ray ReviewGarden shears.  It had to be garden shears.  Ho! Ho! Ho!  Let the stabbing begin!  Written and directed by Todd Nunes, All Through The House is a Christmas-themed slasher that makes for a better trailer than it does a movie.  I’m not saying that, as far as independent ...

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