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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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Time Walker (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Time Walker (1982) Blu-ray ReviewKing Tut, how’d you get so funky? Comedian Steve Martin certainly knew the reasons why. Famed B-movie producer Roger Corman thought he knew why and offered this slow-moving excavation of the 18th dynasty pharaoh’s tomb to Dimitri Villard to oversee. The PG rated results ...

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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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Up from the Depths (1979) - Blu-ray Review

Up From the Depths - Blu-ray ReviewDun Dun Duuuuun! Even the island of Maui is not immune Roger Corman’s monster-making machine. Up from the Depths is a salvage film. Rescued from the Philippines by legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman, a lot of the film was already in the can before Corman  ...

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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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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Collector’s Edition (1976) - Blu-ray Review

The Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewAlienation, thy name is David Bowie. The Man Who Fell to Earth is one of those movies so incredibly odd that it exists in a sacred sphere that is outside of time itself.  It has, in fact, improved with age becoming more emotionally impactful as David Bowie, playing the part ...

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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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Slumber Party Massacre II/Slumber Party Massacre III Double Feature (1987, 1990) - Blu-ray Review

Slumber Party Massacre II / Slumber Party Massacre III - Blu-ray ReviewOnly the weirdest of the weird gravitate toward the slasher comedy.  Every weirder are those who fall in line with the goofy sequels when the satire has all but dried up.  Scream Factory, knowing that its rabid fanbase of freaks largely fall into the latter group of collectors ...

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Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 - Blu-ray Review

Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 - BLu-ray ReviewRoger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is the film America needs right now.  Loaded with comments about where we are headed as a nation, the b-movie – a new release from New Horizons and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment – races across a post-apocalyptic future ...

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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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Band of the Hand (1986) - Blu-ray Review

Band of the Hand (1986) - Blu-ray ReviewThe odds of being remembered were never in Band of the Hand’s favor.  Most people only recall the explicit violence and the pop-minded title song that Dylan wrote and performed with The Heartbreakers.  I guess the odds never really mattered anyway as they were ...

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The Good Dinosaur (2015) - Blu-ray Review

The Good Dinosaur - Blu-ray ReviewThere is something painfully simple at work deep in the mechanics of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. It is a child-like simplicity that woefully recalls some of the problems a lot of people had with Brave. Neither one is a bad film but, if I am being completely honest, both   ...

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The Killing of America (1981) - Blu-ray Review

The Killing of America (1981) - Blu-ray ReviewShocking. Poignant. Tear inducing. Whatever word I could use to describe this 1981 exploitation documentary that STILL resonates with its intense look at the far-reaching impact of homicide in America would simply not do it justice. The Killing of America deserves more than its ...

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The Nice Guys - Blu-ray Review

The Nice Guys - Movie ReviewShane Black's The Nice Guys hits on so many different levels, it certainly won't come as a surprise if we look back at this as the exact moment the buddy cop flick was awakened from its 30-year slumber.  Sure, the genre has seen many come and go since Black's Lethal ...

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Dead of Winter (1987)- Blu-ray Review

Dead of Winter - Blu-ray ReviewDirector Arthur Penn’s Dead of Winter is pretty much forgotten today, which makes its appearance on blu-ray – thanks to the efforts of Scream Factory – a real find for fans of old school chills and thrills  ...

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