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    Carrie (2013) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on January 16th, 2014

    “They’re gonna laugh at you. They’re all gonna laugh at you.”

    The idea of remaking/reimagining/refurbishing a horror classic may have been laughable at one point, but now it’s just business as usual. Then again, I happen to think this is an especially good time to revisit 1976’s Carrie. With all the attention bullying has gotten in the media these last few years, the supernatural story of a high school outsider pushed to her violent breaking point seems particularly timely
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    Hope Springs

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 4th, 2012

    Help me out here. I know the traditional gift for a couple’s 25th wedding anniversary is silver and that gold is supposed to mark 50 years. But what do you get a spouse to commemorate your considerably less ceremonial 31-year wedding anniversary? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I don’t think one week of intensive marriage counseling is the conventional way to go.
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    Manhattan (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Bob Ross on February 12th, 2012

    It followed Annie Hall by two years, once again reshaping the mass market’s notion of serio-comic romance. With its bittersweet plotting and cynical one-liners, Woody Allen’s Manhattan was an even bigger commercial success than its Oscar-winning predecessor. Its current incarnation on Blu-Ray offers the best chance yet to revisit its eccentric brilliance.
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    Annie Hall (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Bob Ross on February 10th, 2012

    This April will mark 35 years since Woody Allen emerged as a world-class comic filmmaker. Although Annie Hall was his seventh feature (if you include the voice-over spy-spoof What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, which you certainly should), and although Allen already had a sizable group of admirers (including this longtime fan), his 1977 mainstream smash gave him commercial clout and a little something called the Best Picture Academy Award.
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    Notorious (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 8th, 2012

    “Gentlemen, I assure you she’s the perfect type for the job. She’s good at making friends with gentlemen, and we want somebody inside his house who has his confidence.”

    Say what you will about Alfred Hitchcock, but one thing he never lacked was confidence. Today filmmakers and film fans alike still worship at his altar. His church was the darkened neighborhood cinema, and no one held court better than the man fans affectionately refer to as Hitch. The flicker didn’t come from candles as you might expect in such a place of worship. They emanated from the silver screen.
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    Rebecca (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on February 2nd, 2012

    Written by Brian Ludovico

    To film fans, the clause “Directed by Alfred Hitchcock” has almost become an adjective in and of itself. It has come to mean suspense created by using the viewer’s imagination and mind as a part of the film, first and foremost. These films didn’t have the freedom of CG, and consequently had to invent ways to achieve visual effects (watch the documentary on Birds or Rear Window for example). Besides the lack of freedom of creation that digital filmmaking now provides, the filmmakers had to tip toe around the Hays code
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    The Apartment (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on January 30th, 2012

    Jack Lemmon is a rather meek insurance company employee who is slowly working his way up the corporate ladder by lending his apartment to married executives looking for a place to take their girlfriends. Life is rather inconvenient, as he is locked out of his home at all hours, but things become even more complicated when the big boss (Fred McMurray) takes an interest. The good news is that Lemmon gets another promotion. The bad news is that McMurray’s affair is with Shirley MacLaine, the elevator girl for whom Lemmon is carrying a torch.
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    Blood Simple (Blu Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 9th, 2011

    A bar owner hires a hitman to assassinate his wife and her lover upon discovering their affair. What proceeds is a neo-noir packed with ample murder, betrayal and suspicions throughout.

    This film is the directorial debut of Joel Cohen, thus making it the first in the line of “Coen Bros.” productions (Joel’s brother Ethan naturally contributing as co-writer and co-editor). As well, Barry Sonnenfield is the Director of Photography, which helps to explain the outstanding visual composition of this film.
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    West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on November 22nd, 2011

    “When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way! From your first cigarette to your last dyin’ days.”

    West Side Story is a masterpiece in film making. Its DNA comes from the greatest entertainers in the business. The great Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, The Day the Earth Stood Still) shares directing credit with one of the world’s greatest choreographers, Jerome Robbins. The music was composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Daniel Fapp’s cinematography is epic and evocative. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, a record at the time, including Best Picture and Best Director.
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    The Quatermass Xperiment (aka Creeping Unknown)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on November 7th, 2011

    “For the first time in the history of the world, man has sent a rocket 1500 miles into space. You can’t expect such an experiment to be perfect.”

    There’s this home video of my sister as a strawberry blonde toddler at a family picnic. Sticky watermelon caresses her cherubic face as she sings the phrase she captured that day, “And again? And again and again, and again?” Yes, chipmunk-voiced Bela: again and again. That’s how often I’d watch Quatermass Xperiment. It’s so rich in storytelling and layered delivery that I’ll watch it more than once to fully appreciate it
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Incredible Melting Man

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 22nd, 2011

    By Natasha Samreny

    “General, he was stronger than the others. That’s why he lasted so long. I don’t know why General, but he seems to be getting stronger all the time.”

    The next time you want to scare yourself on Halloween without guaranteed nightmares, watch The Incredible Melting Man. It’s melty, scary and you get to watch his whole body decompose into slimy glisten.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Doomed to Die

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 13th, 2011

    By Natasha Samreny

    In a world where people still got land-line phone calls in restaurants and $1 cocktails were considered expensive, Boris Karloff is detective James Lee Wong. Better known as Mr. Wong, the Chinese sleuth is based on author Charles Wiley’s mystery series character. In Doomed to Die, Wong works the case of a shipping magnate’s mysterious death.
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    Tomorrow Is Forever

    Posted in MGM, No Huddle Reviews by Archive Authors on October 7th, 2011

    Written by John Delia

    It’s a 1946 black and white movie, but the entertainment value still holds true.  The classic film Tomorrow Is Forever, a love story on many levels, survives the test of time with performances by some of the top film stars ever.  If you enjoy films made by the hands of filmmakers for the love of an audience’s embrace, then try Tomorrow Is Forever, now on DVD.
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    Straw Dogs (Unrated Version) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 21st, 2011

    When you think of Sam Peckinpah, Straw Dogs usually isn’t the film that comes to most people’s minds. For most of us it’s the 1967 classic The Wild Bunch. Straw Dogs did little business at the box office in 1971. In fact it was banned in many countries including England where it was shot. The movie was criticized for its unrestrained violence and the rather brutal depiction of a rape. Critics were unimpressed at the time, and the film faded away for a while. It received a bit of a resurrection in the mid-1980′s when the film showed up at second run houses and eventually on home video. Perhaps it can be appreciated now,
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    Blood Simple (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 9th, 2011

    Imagine a time when Joel and Ethan Coen weren’t household names. The two have become something of Hollywood legends with films like No Country For Old Men and the superior remake of True Grit. But every legend has to have a beginning, and the story of the Coen Brothers goes back to 1984 and a quirky little film called Blood Simple. The film had only a limited release and pulled in a mere couple of million bucks in its initial release. Even the cast with the notable exception of M Emmett Walsh was pretty much unknown at the time.
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    For a Few Dollars More (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 7th, 2011

    “Where life had no value, death sometimes had its price. That is why the bounty killers appeared.”

    If you had asked Clint Eastwood about the chances of Fistful Of Dollars being at all successful, he admits he hadn’t given it much of a chance. The film took a lot of chances with what was already a tired genre. Add to that the fact that it was a low-budget European effort and there really was no chance that the movie would be remembered a year later. But the film did pretty good money and made a ton of international noise. The men involved ended up with more than a fistful of dollars in their banking accounts.
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    Fistful of Dollars (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 2nd, 2011

    “Everybody here has become very rich, or else they are dead.”

    In 1964 things were very different from the way they are now. The Hollywood western movie was winding down. The genre had pretty much played itself out and was struggling to maintain even on television. Few people knew who Clint Eastwood was. He had a pretty sweet gig on the television series Rawhide but wasn’t anywhere near a household name. Sergio Leone was a name almost no one had heard of. And there was no such thing as a Spaghetti Western.
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    Return of Magnificent Seven (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on September 2nd, 2011

    “How would you like to use that gun belt for something more than just holding up your pants?”

    Although the title of the blu-ray is Return of the Magnificent Seven, the original film’s title sequence just calls it Return of the Seven, and for good reason. There is nothing vaguely magnificent in this movie. This is the type of sequel that gives sequels a bad name.
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    The Magnificent Seven (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on August 30th, 2011

    “We deal in lead, friend.”

    In the fall of 1956, Anthony Quinn watched a special screening of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and had an epiphany; this Japanese masterpiece, inspired by the great American westerns of John Ford, would, itself, make a great American western. Quinn acquired the rights and contacted his then close friend Yul Brynner and pitched the idea of him playing the bad guy and Brynner the good guy.
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    Stargate Atlantis: Complete Series Gift Set (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 3rd, 2011

    An ancient facility beneath Antarctica becomes the launching platform to the lost city of Atlantis. Atlantis is buried beneath an ocean in another galaxy and can only be reached with an additional symbol on the Stargate. Because of power limitations this trip, at least for the time being, is a one-way adventure. A crew of scientists and military officers from many countries assemble to explore the Pegasus Galaxy from the Atlantis gate.
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    Honeymoon in Vegas (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 3rd, 2011

    The die was cast. If I just said City Hall the story would end here. But I didn’t, and Betsy and I took our fateful trip to Vegas.”

    Everyone remembers the 1993 provocative film Indecent Proposal with Robert Redford as the rich playboy who offers Woody Harrelson a million bucks to spend a night with his wife, played by Demi Moore. The movie created quite a stir, and more than a little water cooler conversation about what you might do in that situation. What most people overlook, however, is that same kind of situation appeared a year earlier with a more romantic-comedy take in Andrew Bergman’s Honeymoon in Vegas.
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    Overboard (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on August 2nd, 2011

    “Zippedy Doo-Dah. Zippedy Yay. My, oh my, I got a wonderful slave.”

    I’ve never really been a big fan of director Gary Marshall’s films. I prefer his work as a producer of classic sitcoms, like The Odd Couple and Happy Days. Marshall’s most popular film, Pretty Woman, plays off the Cinderella cliché a little too much for my taste, with a man ultimately finding and saving a woman by redefining her. Three years before Pretty Woman, Marshall explored these same themes in Overboard, but instead of slick fantasy salvation at the hands of a wealthy Richard Gere,
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    Four Weddings & A Funeral (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on July 27th, 2011

    I’ve got to admit that for a long time, Four Weddings and a Funeral was in a category of movies that I had no intention or curiosity to see because of the title, the cast and the story. Hugh Grant was a significant step down towards the emasculation of man, where we start wearing large sweaters, hang out in pseudo-Starbucks coffee shops and talk about what happened on American Idol or some lame thing along those lines.
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    Hair (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on July 25th, 2011

    “Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair, shining gleaming steaming flaxen waxen. Give me it down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer, here, baby, there, mamma, everywhere, daddy, daddy hair! Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair!”

    Born in the late 50s, I was a child of 60s and a teen in the 70s. I believed in the revolution. The Beatles and The Stones would lead the charge against the establishment.
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    Long Riders (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 14th, 2011

    The story of Jesse James has been told many times over the years. There isn’t a medium in the world that hasn’t seen its share of tales concerning the infamous outlaw. You could find radio dramas, plays, television shows, films and even songs that recount his exploits. Some of these have been honest and brutal depictions of a lawless man and his gang of thugs who terrorized the West by robbing trains and banks, leaving corpses in their wake. Then there’s the romantic telling that picks up on the folk heroes that Jesse and his boys have become over the years.
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