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    Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 7th, 2014

    The majority of murders committed on television are presented from the perspective of the people trying to solve them. It’s a smart, gratifying strategy because it allows us viewers to play detective from the safety of our couches one hour at a time. Far fewer shows are interested in doing the more difficult/less glamorous work of dramatizing the way a death can shatter a family, along with an entire community. Broadchurch is one of the most outstanding cop dramas I’ve seen in a long time because it’s willing to do that difficult work while also delivering the goods as a satisfying whodunnit.
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    Knights of Badassdom (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 2nd, 2014

    “…I’m packing an ounce of killer shrooms, and there be monsters in need of pummelin’.”

    When I first think of how to explain Knights of Badassdom, what comes to mind is that it’s Evil Dead 2 meets LARPing.  The only experience I’ve had with LARPing came in the form of watching Role Models and having to review the documentary Skull World.  What director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2 and actor in Holliston) has done is create a world that invites both fans of role-playing and horror and thrusts them together to create a blood-and-gore-soaked romp filled with laughs
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    Swerve (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 17th, 2014

    “If something was to come your way, I mean something so irresistible that you just had to have it, do you think you could sacrifice everything for it and not regret it?”

    When it comes to down-on-their-luck men in movies, that “something” could be any number of things. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s pretty much always a woman or a large sum of money. In Swerve — a twisty Australian thriller that goes down a number of familiar roads — our hero is tempted by both.
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    Wicked Blood (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 5th, 2014

    There’s a pretty good, southern gothic tale buried somewhere in Wicked Blood. Unfortunately, writer/director Mark Young isn’t quite able to extract it. Instead, we get a somewhat overqualified cast acting out Young’s down-and-dirty story of meth, chess and bikers that is exactly as messy, baffling and oddly intriguing as that description makes it sound. The film opens with a literal bang: we see the explosion of a shabby trailer. We don’t know who is inside, but we see a young girl stoically watching the flames from the outside.
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    You Will Be My Son (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 27th, 2014

    They say you can’t choose your family, but apparently that well-known phrase never made its way to France. At the very least, no one bothered to tell Paul de Marseul, the legacy-obsessed vineyard owner at the center of You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils.) Cohen Media Group gave this tasty 2011 French offering a theatrical release last year, and now the film — which alternates between being a picturesque delight, a tense family drama, and a thriller — arrives on Blu-ray.
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    Being Human: Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on January 13th, 2014

    “Getting what you want comes with a price.”

    Much has changed in the world of Being Human this season. However, let’s recap for a moment just to make sure everyone is on the same page. Sally (Meaghan Rath), after shredding her own spirit to get to limbo so she can rescue Scottie and Nick, has bitten off more than she can chew as she finds herself stranded in limbo with the very people she sent to limbo. Aidan (Sam Witwer), after losing his lover Suren and his failed attempt to assassinate her murderer, the vampire matriarch known as “Mother”, is buried alive for his transgression
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    We Are What We Are

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on January 13th, 2014

    Within the first few minutes of We Are What We Are, the Parker family suffers an immense loss. The death doesn’t exactly come as a shock because the film opens with a series of arresting and foreboding images doused by a torrential rain that fails to wash away the family’s worries (or incriminating evidence). This atmospheric, thoroughly creepy horror movie winds up going to a number of grisly places, but, in a lot of ways, it’s really just the story of how the reclusive clan deals with that loss.
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    Dancing: A Man’s Game

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

    “Just as the dancer, the athlete does not exist who doesn’t move with a certain rhythm.”

    My name is John. I am a man, and I love to dance. Dancing requires grace, power, athleticism, coordination and a handful of other attributes that we revere in the world’s biggest sports stars. Those same exact qualities thrill us when they’re on display on a football field or a basketball court. So why can’t one dude tell another dude that he enjoys dancing without drawing a sideways glance? Gene Kelly, one of the most famous and successful dancers of all time, explored that very question during this vintage TV special, now out on DVD. 
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    Starbuck

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 9th, 2013

    High concepts don’t come much loftier than the one behind Starbuck. An underachieving slacker learns he has fathered 533 children thanks to frequent deposits at a sperm bank 20 years earlier. In fact, the premise was so nice, writer/director Ken Scott decided to do it twice. Vince Vaughn will star in an American remake later this year called Delivery Man. Whether you’re excited for the new film or you think it looks stupid, I highly recommend you give the funny and touching French-Canadian original a look.
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    Zombie Massacre (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on August 30th, 2013

    Seeing the words ‘Uwe Boll Presents’ was enough to have me a little worried about this one.  For the most part any time I’ve seen the name connected to a film, it resulted in a disaster most would rather have gone without seeing.  But then I think about the films Rampage and Postal, two films that are really quite fun if you give them a fair chance.  In the case of Zombie Massacre, Boll’s presence is in the form of producer (as well as a fun cheeseball appearance playing the President), and the talent put in charge of the production are a duo that show some promise.
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    The Good Life

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 29th, 2013

    “We have to understand as a whole entire world that marriage will have its ups and downs, but we have to have faith in God that he will help us through those tough times to stay faithful and committed, no matter what happens.”

    These words are attributed to writer/director/producer/actor Christopher Nolen. (Not to be confused with this guy.) They also appear at the end of The Good Life, a low-budget, unintentionally funny relationship melodrama working in the same arena dominated by Tyler Perry’s low-budget, unintentionally funny relationship melodramas.
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    Escape (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on May 15th, 2013

    In 1363, the Black Plague had done its damage, leaving most infected areas uninhabitable. Escape — known in Norway as Flukt — is the story of a family that sets out into the countryside to get away from the plague and hopefully find a new place to rebuild their lives. But just as I’m thinking this is going to be a movie about sticking together and fighting to survive the elements, it shifts gears to something far darker but not all that original.
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    Special Forces (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 7th, 2013

    In a film the pays its respects to the French soldiers who are participating in the war on terror as well as the journalists that risk their lives to cover the war, Special Forces delivers more of the same in this new release.  Though the default setting has the spoken language in English and has English-speaking stars, don’t let this French release fool you; the dubbing is terrible and the film is better viewed in its original language. Elsa (Diane Krugar) is a French journalist who is in Afghanistan to cover a story about a woman sold as a child.  By now we should all know speaking against the politics in these countries is not just bad, but when you are a woman this could get you killed.
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    War of the Dead (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 30th, 2012

    As The Walking Dead continues to smash ratings records (while compulsively changing showrunners, no less) and Summit Entertainment — the studio behind The Twilight Saga — prepares to throw its considerable marketing muscle behind February’s zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, it’s fair to say the shambling undead are having a major pop culture moment. Yes, zombies are hot right now, but a curious subgenre has already endured for many decades: I’m talking about the zombie Nazi movie.
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    Let Go

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 26th, 2012

    “‘Cause I’m a con, don’t mean I ain’t got no rights.”

    The movies have done a pretty good job of showing us the action, drama, horror, comedy and, yes, sex that lies behind prison walls. But there are far fewer examples of films examining what happens once an inmate is paroled and tries to re-enter the “real world.” The most famous movie parolee is probably Brooks from The Shawshank Redemption, and that didn’t turn out so well.
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    Hell On Wheels – The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

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

    “Make no mistake. Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Fortunes will be made. Men will be ruined. There will be betrayal and scandal and perfidy of epic proportions.”

    With a statement like that, how can you not want to check out AMC’s newest drama series Hell On Wheels? I’ve been told the title sounds like it’s about motorcycle gangs, and I couldn’t agree more. The term refers to the mobile tent city that housed the workers on the Union Pacific Railroad and the support entourage the camp attracted. It was a virtual tent city that had all of the essentials: a church, bar, and whorehouse.
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    Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil – The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on March 14th, 2012

    “You already started reading the evil words, didn’t you? Then could you pass me my blood mop? I’m gonna need it later.”

    Somehow I was never aware of Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil: The Complete First Season until I received the DVDs to review. Based on the 2003 short film of the same name, Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil debuted on Canada’s Space Channel in September of 2010 and was picked up for broadcast in the United States by FearNet, which started showing the series in August of 2011.
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    Video Girl

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 7th, 2011

    A small town girl named Lorie Walker is injured, which forces her to abandon her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. After a chance encounter with an old friend, she is convinced to appear in a rap music video. The director of said video is immediately smitten with her beauty and takes her away to Los Angeles to become a Video Model.
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    Attack On Leningrad (Blu Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 4th, 2011

    This historical film looks at the three-year siege of Leningrad during World War 2. The film follows a Russian, female police officer who aids a stranded, English news reporter as they try to survive the siege.
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    The Captains – A Film By William Shatner

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 27th, 2011

    “Boldly go where no man has gone before.”

    Is there anyone out there who hasn’t noticed that William Shatner the actor has become William Shatner the character over the years?  Give the man some credit for finding ways to reinvent himself. After Star Trek he was the only actor to find himself another regular television character and shakes the typecasting that most actors in the franchise have been victimized by.
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    Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 23rd, 2011

    It all started as an internet show. Amanda Tapping was fresh from her stints as Samantha Carter in the Stargate franchise, and the SyFy Channel saw some worth in keeping her around for something else. The show was unique in more ways than just its origins. There are few sets on the series. Most of the show is shot in huge green screen rooms where even ordinary environments are computer generated. It’s an evolution of the film Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow.
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