The Mad Magician (1954) - Blu-ray Review

The Mad Magician - Blu-ray ReviewDirector John Brahm knows how to create mood.  I praised his efforts in my reviews for The Lodger and The Undying Monster, but with Vincent Price in 1954’s The Mad Magician, he adds a new dimension to terror.  By mixing the 3D technology of the time period with shockingly ...

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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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VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media (2016) - Blu-ray Review

VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media (2016) - Blu-ray ReviewIf you’ve read my article Five Beers: In Defense of the Trashier Side of Cinema, then you probably realize a documentary about the rise and fall of physical media is going to be close to my heart.  This is the territory of VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline ...

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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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Brain Damage: Limited Edition (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Brain Damage (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewI’m just going to go ahead and say (and spray) it everywhere.  Exploitation filmmaker Frank Henenlotter is one of the few remaining mad geniuses of the cinema; he’s a walking masterpiece of the b-movie.  Horror Hounds and Gore-Gore girls, this is what happens when  ...

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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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Making Contact (1985) - Blu-ray Review

Making Contact (1985) - Blu-ray ReviewI bet you probably didn’t know that Darth Vader made an appearance in another film shortly after the release of Return of the Jedi.  I also bet you didn’t know that a fat kid’s biggest fear is to be eaten by a double cheeseburger.  It’s all true.  Making Contact, an Amblin ...

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Midnight Special (2015) - Movie Review

Midnight SPecial - Blu-ray Review - Blu-ray ReviewWritten and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), Midnight Special is a richly dark treat that recalls some of the best moments from the slew of science fiction movies released during the 1980s.  It is ambitious and imaginative, refusing to provide answers while  ...

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The Naked Cage (1986) - Blu-ray Review

The Naked Cage - Blu-ray ReviewLooking for a quick study of the attitude and overall swagger of the 1980s?  Few things are as tonally expressive AND summative as the opening few minutes of this flick when it comes to the 1980s heyday.  Look no further ...

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Victor Frankenstein (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Victor Frankenstein - Blu-ray ReviewIt seems the go to reason to revisit classic characters, if one is to ask creative folk, is revisiting their stories with a new perspective. Setting aside the realities of modern cinema, it’s with that assertion that I sat down to this, the umpteenth go around, of Mary Shelley’s  ...

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The Corpse Vanishes/Bowery At Midnight (1942) - Blu-ray Review

The Corpse Vanishes \ Bowery at Midnight - blu-ray reviewWhile Bela Lugosi’s residency making poverty row pictures was relatively short-lived, there were a handful of solid horror titles he made that originally went ignored.  The Corpse Vanishes, doubling down on the genuine weirdness of an aging couple obsessed with  ...

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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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Beyond the Gates (2016) - Blu-ray Review

Beyond the Gates - Blu-ray ReviewIt’s time to go back; back to the 1980’s.  It was a time when the videocassette ruled everything.  The sticker advising us to “Be Kind, Rewind” was stuck to every case.  Sometimes, we did and other times, well, we were kind of in a hurry to get the damn thing back to the video ...

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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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Virus (1999) - Blu-ray Review

Virus (1999) - Blu-ray ReviewNail guns and cyborgs are always a deadly combination.  Ouch. Toward the end of the 1990s, there were a slew of disaster pictures concerning everything from the end of the freakin’ world to computers losing their shit.  It seemed that everyone wanted to weigh in on Y2K.  Off-screen ...

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