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Blood Mania/Point of Terror: Limited Edition (1970, 1971) - Blu-ray Review

Blood Mania/Point of Terror - Blu-ray ReviewAh, the 1970s! There are few things more terrifying than cinematic vanity projects – especially when the results are far from fantastic. Vinegar Syndrome – now diving into Crown International’s backlog of obscure titles – presents two of actor Peter Carpenter’s more ...

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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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Bloody Birthday (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Bloody Birthday (1981) - Blu-rayThere’s a solar eclipse this Friday.  There’s also a visible green comet streaking across the skies.  It will, in addition, also be a full moon that night.  If you are a teacher, get a substitute.  If you are elsewhere in the public sphere, know that the only safe place will be under ...

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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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Poltergeist III: Collector’s Edition (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Poltergeist III: Collector's Edition (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewWe’re baaaack!!!! Poltergeist III is a better idea than it is a movie. Maybe it should never have been connected to the franchise at all. But it was and – due to the sudden death of Heather O’Rourke – it became something everyone but the studio wanted to write off....

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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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The Lair of the White Worm: Vestron Video Collector's Series (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Lair of the White Worm - Blu-ray ReviewWritten, directed and produced by Ken Russell, The Lair of the White Worm remains a phallic-obsessed journey through an endless barrage of serpent double-entendres by way of Bram Stoker. Russell would have it no other way either. He was, after all, a self-confessed ...

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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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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition) (1986) - Blu-ray Review

Poltergeist II Collector's Edition- Blu-ray ReviewIt is a dark night.  The sky is pregnant with distant stars.  A lone fire lights the desert canyon wall.  Two Native Americans sit next to it.  There is chanting.  Soon, spirits are inhaled.  If the opening to Poltergeist II: The Other Side throws you for a loop, know that you aren’t ...

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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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Don't Answer the Phone! (1980) - Blu-ray Review

Don't Answer the Phone - Blu-ray ReviewExploitation filmmaking rarely gets ANY trashier than with 1980’s Don’t Answer the Phone.  Shot in and around Los Angeles, it is definitely one of the scuzziest flicks produced during the beginning of that century, yet it somehow left its mark on people and, however surprisingly ...

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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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Parents: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (1989) - Blu-ray Review

Parents (1989) - Blu-ray ReviewFrom the brassy swing of the Perez Prado mambo to the hot pink splash of the movie’s title against the front of an Oldsmobile, the opening to director Bob Balaban’s Parents suggests this horror film is not like the others.  Parents, with its witty dialogue, its critical lens, and ...

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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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Message from Space (1978) - Blu-ray Review

Message From Space (1978) - Blu-ray ReviewJapanese film director and screenwriter Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) has certainly left his mark on filmmaking.  Notable for his extensive use of shaky camera techniques in the 1970s, his influences on film spread worldwide over his lifetime with his final film being  ...

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