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    Argento’s Dracula (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 29th, 2014

    “This evening I finally met Count Dracula. He is younger than I expected, although his behavior and his demeanor seem to somehow contradict his appearance.”

    Dracula and vampires in general have taken on many appearances and personalities over the years. He has been portrayed as the suave European gentleman and a vicious gaunt creature best left to the shadows. Lately vampires have taken on the angst and yearnings of adolescence. Dracula has been around since 1897 when Bram Stoker wrote his groundbreaking novel.
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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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    The Big Picture (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 16th, 2013

    Sometimes a movie comes along that rises above simple entertainment and actually has something to say.  The Big Picture is the kind of movie that has profound ideas about love, family, and the pursuit of your dreams.  Is it possible to really have it all?  The perfect spouse, the perfect family and live out your lifelong passion and dream?  Many who have families, especially when starting young, can understand the idea of sacrifice for their families; it doesn’t mean they just cast their hopes and dreams aside, but once marriage and children are involved the direction your life may take was never the direction you had planned at all.
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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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    Chasing Madoff (Blu-Ray)

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

    Thankfully, I have never been scammed out of any large amount of money unless you count my ex-wife. *drum roll*. I think of myself as fairly intelligent but sometimes intelligence is not enough when a large enough pyramid or ponzi scheme walks across your front lawn. Furthermore, when somebody you trust tells you it is a sure thing, it is hard to look the other way. Let us proceed with a documentary on one of the most famous ponzi schemes of them all with deception played by one Bernie Madoff.
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    Sidewalls

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on April 3rd, 2012

    Much like a relief pitcher, sometimes a substitute has to fill in for a movie review. The person is usually a specialist, one who can write up a review in a snap, the blink of the eye. Well, sometimes the relief pitcher runs into a tough power hitter or a wiry runner. I find myself in a similar situation with the dreaded foreign film. It sounds clichéd and uncultured perhaps, but I did not even want to read today! Okay, anyway on to the show of Sidewalls.
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    Loosies

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on March 19th, 2012

    Oh, Peter Facinelli, how I hope that this movie that just landed in my lap does NOT feature you with glitter thrown all over your body. This movie is called Loosies, and no not as in loose like Kristen Stewart. I am hoping that the tag line, “Love is not a crime”, does not mean complete suckage, but from the description on the back… I am not hoping for much. I loathe chick flicks, and this reeks of one. But on we go with an open mind and an open beer (Okay, okay, so it’s a root beer! Geez!)!
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    Bounty Hunters

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on March 7th, 2012

    Oh for the love of waffles. Here we go with another simple disc review. This time for a movie called Bounty Hunters. The fact that it has Trish Stratus in it, is just asking for awfulness. I was kinda of surprised that Michael didn’t take this one seeing as it has a female wrestler in it. But hell, this ought to be easy right? Then I put in the DVD, and I am started with some very awful previews (this is not looking good). Somehow, I think those will end up in my husband’s review pile. Hopefully, not mine. Well the load screen is here, let’s jump in shall we?!
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    An Invisible Sign (Blu-ray)

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

    “There comes a moment when you look around waiting for the person in charge to help you, and then you realize you’re the person in charge.”

    Sometimes things get lost in translation, and while I’ve never read Aimee Bender’s An Invisible Sign Of My Own, I know that it has quite a core of fans. So I’m forced to believe that something just didn’t make the transition to screenplay and ultimately onto the screen itself. Of course, some things don’t really translate to film, and I suspect this is really the case here. So where do I look for blame for the 90 minutes of my life lost
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    The Honeymooners : Lost Episodes 1951-1957

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 11th, 2011

    It’s hard to believe that one of the most popular comedy shows of the 1950′s was not really a show at all, at least not in the way that we think of a television series today. The show began its life in 1951 as a segment on the popular Cavalcade of Stars. At that time only Jackie Gleason and Art Carney starred in their familiar roles. Alice was played by Pert Kelton.  The series took its more recognizable look when it became part of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955. That’s also when Joyce Randolph joined the series as Trixie Norton. The series would take up a half hour of the slot.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” The Silent House

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on October 5th, 2011

    “It’s worse than I thought, but it’s even worse upstairs… It’s dangerous. Do not go there.”

    Uruguayan director Gustavo Hernández claims to have shot the first 78 minutes of The Silent House in one continuous unbroken take. Personally, I don’t believe that to be true, as there are plenty of times the camera goes to black passing furniture or into shadows which could hide a cut, but he does pull off the illusion with some incredibly long uninterrupted shots, and that is very impressive indeed.
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    Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Hardware Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 5th, 2011

    “Sherlock Holmes, the immortal character of fiction. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he’s ageless, invincible and unchanging. In solving significant problems of the present day, he remains — as ever — the supreme master of deductive reasoning.”

    In 1887, readers of the popular periodical Beeton’s Christmas Annual were to receive quite a special treat. There wasn’t much fanfare or hype to the event. Inside the pages of the magazine was a story called A Study In Scarlet. It was a detective story, perhaps like many published before, except for the detective himself, a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
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    Bitter Feast

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 11th, 2011

    “The Giants who formed this world and now seem to live in it in chains are actually the cause of its life and the source of all activity. But the chains are the cunning of the weak and tame minds…”

    Confused yet? That’s how Bitter Feast opens, and while it does have a witty premise, the film continues to confound and confuse throughout. The opening poem is the backdrop for a game that turns violent between two brothers in a wooded area. I have to be honest. It made my brain literally hurt trying to figure out what director Joe Maggio was trying to say.
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    Cairo Time

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 2nd, 2010

    Written by Diane Tillis

    Vogue magazine editor Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) travels to Cairo to attend a UN function where she will meet up with her UN-official husband Mark (Tom McCamus). Mark is unavoidably delayed in Gaza, but sends a trusted friend and former UN official Tareq (Alexander Siddig) to keep Juliette company. Tareq and Juliette have known of each other for years, but this is the first time they have met face to face.
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    Sherlock Holmes Double Feature: Sherlock Holmes Faces Death and Sherlock Holmes in Washington

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 21st, 2010

    “Sherlock Holmes, the immortal character of fiction. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he’s ageless, invincible and unchanging. In solving significant problems of the present day, he remains — as ever — the supreme master of deductive reasoning.”

    In 1887, readers of the popular periodical Beeton’s Christmas Annual were to receive quite a special treat. There wasn’t much fanfare or hype to the event. Inside the pages of the magazine was a story called A Study In Scarlet. It was a detective story, perhaps like many published before, except for the detective himself, a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
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    The Disappeared

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 25th, 2010

    “Evil Is Among Us.”

    You’ve got to love a horror film directed and written by a guy named Kevorkian. Johnny Kevorkian is a young director still finding his chops with only a handful of credits to his name thus far. The young talent does have vision, and doesn’t go for the obvious. While the film does tend to be a bit heavy on the British sensibilities, you can expect such a thing from an independent low-budget horror film from England. The Disappeared is absolutely derivative of at least 20 films I’ve seen recently
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    Southern Gothic

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 24th, 2010

    “Pray for dawn.”

    Mark Young is a bit of a one-man band in the short list of films that he’s done in his decade-long career. Southern Gothic is no exception. Mark Young is credited as: producer, director, writer, editor, chief cook and bottle-washer on the film. I have to say that I’m more often scared when I see that sort of thing than anything that ends up coming at me from the screen. Too many cooks may, indeed, spoil the broth, but only one cook tends to mean someone’s going to end up eatin’ out tonight.
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