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    WWII From Space (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on May 6th, 2013

    “This is America’s war as never seen before…”

    When you consider the countless documentaries, miniseries and feature films dedicated to the Second World War, you’d think the defining conflict of the 20th century has been covered from every possible angle. And you’d be wrong! History has taken to the skies with WWII From Space, a two-hour special that originally aired on the cable network in December and promised to bring viewers an unprecedented, extraterrestrial perspective of the war.
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    Knuckleball!

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 23rd, 2013

    “Nobody grows up wanting to be a knuckleball pitcher. It’s born of desperation; it’s born of necessity.”

    By the start of the 2011 season, there were only two active knuckleballers in Major League Baseball. One was a failed power-hitting 1B/3B, while the other had been cut by his team at the start of the previous year’s spring training. Knuckleball! — an engaging documentary dedicated to the kookiest pitch in baseball history — illustrates how that desperation extends beyond the few brave souls who have attempted to make a living in the big leagues by throwing very softly.
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    Undefeated (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 17th, 2013

    “You think football builds character? It does not; football reveals character.”

    The open secret about sports movies is that they’re not really about sports. Most of the great ones use the games people play as a dynamic arena to tell universal stories about struggle, underdogs overcoming impossible odds, greatness and redemption. You don’t have to know a nose guard from a mouth guard to enjoy a football movie. By that same token, Undefeated may chronicle a grueling real-life high school football season, but I wasn’t surprised to see it play out like a lot of fictional sports flicks.
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    Bully (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 12th, 2013

    The image of what a bully looks and sounds like has changed drastically in recent years. When you and I were growing up, a “bully” was probably someone who looked like this and demanded your lunch money. Mean Girls came out less than 10 years ago; but if Tina Fey were trying to get the exact same movie made today, she’d probably have to deal with notes from a nervous studio exec worried that the Burn Book would drive one of the characters to suicide.
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    I Am Bruce Lee (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on January 15th, 2013

    “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”

    We’re now 40 years removed from Bruce Lee’s shocking death, and the martial arts superstar has unequivocally achieved pop culture immortality. I Am Bruce Lee examines the icon’s cultural and cinematic impact, as well as the many ways he has influenced current sports and music stars. The film already bills itself as “the best Bruce Lee documentary ever,” so I’m not really sure what you need me (or any other critic) for. I decided to go ahead and watch it anyway.
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    Mankind: The Story of All of Us (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 27th, 2012

    “Amidst the chaos of an unforgiving planet, most species will fail. But for one, all the pieces will fall into place and a set of keys will unlock a path for mankind to triumph. This is our story.”

    The only thing missing from that bit of grandiose narration — which opens each episode of this 12-part series — is a Law & Order-style *chung, chung.* Mankind: The Story of All of Us starts with a bang (as in the “Big” one) and proceeds to give us a lively, surprisingly cinematic history lesson.
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    History In 3D (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 20th, 2012

    Just in time for the holidays A&E puts together three of their history documentaries and send them out to you in 3D. I’m talking about the History In 3D collection, of course. This is a 3-disc set with an episode on each disc. They come in a nice box with a holograph cover to get you in the 3D mood.
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    The Universe in 3D (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 20th, 2012

    “In the beginning there was darkness. And then bang, giving birth to an endless expanding existence of time, space, and matter. Every day new discoveries are unlocking the mysterious, the mind-blowing, the deadly secrets of a place we call The Universe.”

    The History series has lasted for six seasons to date. The show uses modern space photography, computer-generated images, and demonstrations along with respected scientists to explore the various aspects of our universe.
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    We Can’t Go Home Again & Don’t Expect Too Much

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 14th, 2012

    There are two films that are on the main disc; an experimental film by Nicholas Ray and a documentary by Susan Ray about the making of said film. They are perfect companions on this release and I feel one is crucial for the other, therefore I’m going to treat neither as simply a “Bonus.”
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    Nazi Collaborators

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on November 5th, 2012

    For those who do not know, I am half polish. My mother was born in Poland during the 1950’s after the second World War. Often through my youth I would ask my mother for stories of World War II from her father. However, this was met with much resistance as my grandfather was rather tight lipped about anything that happened in that time period. It was understandable, but I still wanted to learn. In fact, today we visit World War II and more specifically the Nazi Collaborators in our dvd review.
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    So: Peter Gabriel (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 28th, 2012

    “I think we all knew it was good. But it was only when we started getting hits, which is sort of a rare thing in my life, that you start thinking, ‘Maybe we’re gonna sell something here.’”

    Peter Gabriel was one of the founding members of late ‘60s prog rock pioneers Genesis and released four untitled/self-titled solo albums in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, which spawned hits like “Solsbury Hill” and “Shock the Monkey.” But it wasn’t until 1986 that the British rocker enjoyed the greatest success of his career.
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    Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 17th, 2012

    Some bands stand the test of time. Rolling Stones, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Village People, errrr, okay let’s continue. Another of those bands is Queen who some experts have estimated that the band has sold over two hundred million records. Their most famous lead singer is of course the legendary Freddie Mercury. But Freddie Mercury was such a unique personality that he was not always interested in making music with Queen. He had many other interests and this documentary we have today explores them.
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    Secret Access: The Presidency

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 27th, 2012

    The presidential election is right around the corner. We have two candidates where either one could realistically win. We just hope that there is no funny business and that all of the voting is on the up and up. Regardless, the History Channel has produced many specials over the years that deal with different facets of the presidency. Let’s take a look at three of those specials in this 3-disc set.
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    Ghosts of the Abyss (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on September 21st, 2012

    Written by Bob Ross and David Annandale

    Bill Paxton accompanies James Cameron on another expedition to the Titanic, and narrates this documentary about their exploration of the ship. Though the narration is hobbled by an endless stream of pseudo-profundities, the underwater photography is simply stunning. Thanks to two remote-controlled robots, we get to see the interior of the ship.
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    Titanic: 100 Years In 3D (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Bob Ross on August 31st, 2012

    I never really meant to have 3D TV in my home theater. But our Sony Blu-ray player was 3D-ready, and the receiver and monitor both needed warranty replacement about the same time. Bingo: All I needed were a couple pairs of glasses ($40 each at Amazon) and some 3D programming. Having seen almost every 3D big-screen release already, I was pretty sure the TV version would be an inferior format. I was wrong. The electronic-shutter glasses beat the heck out of those old red-and-green gimmicky glasses. They work as well as the polarized lenses at the multiplex.
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    Beautiful Planet – Germany & Austria / England & Low Countries (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on August 14th, 2012

    Living here in Texas, I have to be blunt and admit I do not spend much time outdoors. This is mostly due to the fact that it seems to be summer for almost ten months out of the year and somehow I just don’t dig 90 and 100+ degree temperatures. When I can afford it, I would love to go somewhere with respectable temperatures and be able to walk around in decent weather. Perhaps the Beautiful Planet set is for me, where I get to see beautiful high definition video of some of the planet’s most wonderful places.
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    Earth From Above – Preservation of Water and Forests/Food and Wildlife Conservation

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 6th, 2012

    Earth From Above is a French nature documentary series dubbed into English for its American and British Blu-ray release. The host, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, garnered international attention with his renowned photography. He’s best known for his best selling coffee table book, Earth From Above, chronicling his world travels with stunning photos from a bird’s eye view. He then branched into filmmaking, using his unique aerial photographer’s eye to draw attention to world’s conservation and preservation needs. This resulted in an Earth From Above full length feature and eventually this running French series of the same name.
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    Shark Divers – Documentary Collection (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 2nd, 2012

    “It’s one thing to see a great white shark on television or from the safe confines of a boat. It’s another experience entirely to see the animals in their natural element. There simply is not a single creature on Earth that we’re more afraid of.”

    Man’s always had a rather natural, and healthy, fear of sharks, but it was perhaps the 1975 film Jaws that brought all of those primordial fears bubbling to the surface of our pop culture. Since then sharks have taken an almost mythic position in our culture
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    The Weight of the Nation

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on July 31st, 2012

    “More than two out of three U.S. adults are overweight or obese. During the past 30 years, adult obesity rates have doubled.”

    After watching this documentary — developed with the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation —  I feel like I should be typing this review while walking on a treadmill instead of planted on my couch like a lazy lump.
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    Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 12th, 2012

    “I’m Brad Meltzer. I’ve spent my life collecting stories. The best include signs, symbols, and coded messages that are hidden in plain sight. Some have become the basis for my novels. But I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s out there, and now History has given me the resources to investigate the rest. This is Decoded.”

    What if I told you there was an author out there who was known for writing novels that include historical conspiracies, secret societies and buried treasures, and that this author has found a way to parlay his moderate writing success into a television series for History?
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    42nd Street Forever (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on May 24th, 2012

    “His name is Samson. He’s big with his cat, with mama and with his stick. Black Samson… he’s mean and clean and rules the scene.”

    In the 70s and 80s, filthy little theaters littered New York’s 42nd Street, sandwiched between adult bookstores, porn theaters, and peepshows. These dens of celluloid sin hosted an endless loop of “B” movies affectionately known as grindhouse films. They ran exploitation films, drive-in double features, and European softcore of every subgenre, ranging from Blaxploitation to Sexploitation, from Euro-crime to Sci-Fi and Horror. Some theaters projected these movies 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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    The Universe: The Complete Season Six (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 16th, 2012

    “In the beginning there was darkness. And then bang, giving birth to an endless expanding existence of time, space, and matter. Every day new discoveries are unlocking the mysterious, the mind-blowing, the deadly secrets of a place we call The Universe.”

    The History series has lasted for six seasons to date. The show uses modern space photography, computer-generated images, and demonstrations along with respected scientists to explore the various aspects of our universe.
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    Planet Egypt

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on April 18th, 2012

    Egypt has always been known as paradise on earth to its people and the many visitors it gets each year. The land is often described as a strong, fertile land with an emphasis on history and rich tradition. Personally, I find myself in a general state of knowledge about the country but wished to know more. My curiosities peaked when I received a copy of “Planet Egypt” on DVD at my doorstep thanks to the History Channel. Let us see what rich history is held inside.
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    Into the Abyss (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 17th, 2012

    As a nation, the United States is pretty evenly divided on most of the larger issues of the day. Nowhere is that more evident than the opinions on capital punishment. If you took a poll today, you’d likely still find a slim majority of Americans continue to support the death penalty. Unless, of course, you were to take that poll in Texas. The Lone Star State has pretty much led the way in dealing out death sentences since the practice was resumed in the 1970′s. For a time in the 80′s and 90′s
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    Titanoboa: Monster Snake (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 6th, 2012

    “In the pantheon of predators, it’s one of the greatest discoveries since the T-Rex: a snake 48 feet long, weighing in at 2,500 pounds. Uncovered from a treasure trove of fossils in a Colombian coal mine, this serpent is revealing a lost world of giant creatures. Travel back to the period following the extinction of dinosaurs and encounter this monster predator.”

    With a title like Titanoboa: Monster Snake you might be expecting the latest huge monster mash-up from Roger Corman
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