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    Commitment (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 18th, 2014

    OK, in case you didn’t know this about me, I’m a sucker for South Korean action cinema.  Sure, the 90’s were ruled by Hong Kong, but for about a decade South Korea has been killing it by putting out some of the most visually stunning action films in years.  For a quick crash course in how simply bad-ass and epic their cinema is, I highly recommend checking out The Chaser and A Bittersweet Life.  With Commitment we get a new entry in the spy genre that hasn’t been explored stateside.
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    Interview with a Hitman (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 4th, 2013

    By the time we meet most big-screen hitmen, they’ve already attained the level of badass-ery required to be efficient killers. Far fewer movies take the time to examine the circumstances that result in a person becoming a murdering machine. Interview with a Hitman — a British action offering from first-time writer/director Perry Bhandal — stands out from the pack because it’s a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on the consequences of killing.
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    Kill ‘Em All (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on January 2nd, 2013

    It’s hard to not appreciate a film that wastes no time jumping into the action, and with a title like Kill’em All you go in expecting the action to be piled on and non-stop.  I have to say I’m a little surprised this little film lived up to the title; after all most straight-to-DVD titles seem to be lackluster if not simply awful.  I’m also not saying this is a film that’ll be remembered too long either, but it is a B movie that delivers on the action and has Gordon Liu doing what he does best.
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    Legendary Amazons (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 13th, 2012

    Ever wonder what a martial arts epic directed by Baz “Moulin Rouge” Luhrmann would look like? Me neither. But that’s pretty much what we get with Legendary Amazons, (loosely) based on the exploits of the Yang family during the Song Dynasty. The story has an intriguing hook — the men of the Yang clan are massacred in battle, leaving their women to throw on armor and take to the battlefield — but is ultimately bogged down by its cartoonish tone and embarrassingly bad production values.
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    Courier, The (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 10th, 2012

    Direct to Video movies is usually just a clever term to mean “We have a small budget and B-List stars so we are going to skip the theater and go straight to video and hope to capitalize on the people who might pick this up on a very slow Friday night.” Today’s review is about a man simply known as the “Courier”. It could be a ripoff of the Transporter. It might be a mailman who handles packages by day and the ladies by night.
    Bad B-Movies aside, let’s see how this one plays out.

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    “31 Nights of Terror” Bedevilled (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 7th, 2012

    When I started to review this film, I thought I would come up with a hokey beginning to celebrate the 31 Nights of Terror. That might have worked if I had reviewed It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or a Lindsey Lohan movie, but to be truthful there is not much humor in this movie to be had. So let us skip the theatrics for at least one review and go straight into reviewing Bedevilled.
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    Strippers Vs. Werewolves (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on September 27th, 2012

    When you pick up a movie with the title Strippers vs. Werewolves, to expect anything more than schlocky B-movie horror is a mistake by the viewer and the viewer alone.  This foray into cheesy cinema is best viewed after a few drinks or just as random fun late at night when you can’t sleep.  It’s never a movie trying to change the way we view cinema but instead just something to have some fun with, a simple escape where our brains can shut off and simply enjoy the show.
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    White Vengeance (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 3rd, 2012

    “A military mystery that lasted 2,000 years.”

    White Vengeance assumes a certain level of knowledge about ancient Chinese history that, except for all you ancient Chinese history scholars reading this review, most of us don’t have. As a result, the film’s disorienting opening act had me constantly backtracking to figure out who was who, and why they were betraying or trying to assassinate each other. In other words, I started to feel like getting to the end of this ambitious movie might take a little under 2,000 years.
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    The Viral Factor (Blu-ray)

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

    The Blu-ray case for The Viral Factor — an impressive, preposterous Hong Kong action offering available Aug. 28 — proudly boasts that the film comes “From the star of The Green Hornet“, possibly marking the first and last time anyone has bragged about their involvement with The Green Hornet. (Don’t look at me: I’m one of the few people who really enjoyed it.) Nevertheless, you shouldn’t shy away from this one just because it may somewhat be selling itself short.
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    Battleground

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 22nd, 2012

    I’ve said before that they just don’t make action movies like they used to. I’d like to slightly amend that statement: they still make action movies like they used to, it’s just a heck of a lot harder to find them. As production costs continue to rise, studios seem to be playing it safer than ever in terms of which movies get the widest releases. As a result, bloodless PG-13 flicks designed to hit as many quadrants as possible tend to grab the most screens. Put it this way: I haven’t seen the new Total Recall, but I’m fairly confident there’s no scene where Colin Farrell yells, “See you at the party, sweetheart!” while holding the bloody stumps of Kate Beckinsale’s arms.
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    My Way (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on July 21st, 2012

    “An Asian man wearing a German uniform was discovered by the U.S. military at Normandy on D-Day. Upon questioning, he was identified as a Korean.”

    My Way cannily opens with this bit of real-life information. As the movie reaches its heartbreaking conclusion, we know only one of a pair of lifelong rivals-turned-friends — one Korean, one Japanese — will make it to the end.
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    Butterfly Swords

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on July 7th, 2012

    Any movie that features one man flying through the air before slicing another guy’s face clean off within the first three minutes and concludes with a swordsman using his female companion as a bow to launch himself in the air like a human arrow so he can rip straight through a bad guy’s body pretty much defies criticism. (And I didn’t even mention the part where the bad guy comes back a few minutes later, despite the fact that he’d also been decapitated.) Believe me when I say I haven’t even scratched the surface of the insanity that is Butterfly Swords.
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    Best Laid Plans (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 23rd, 2012

    “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

    That famous proverb comes from a couplet in the Robert Burns poem “To a Mouse.” (“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley”) Simply put, it means that even the most carefully prepared plans can go wrong at any time. The line also provided the title for John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”, the classic 1937 novella that has since become required reading in many high schools, along with “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “The Great Gatsby” and others. Steinbeck tells the tragic story of slow-witted Lenny and his friend/protector George, two migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression. I imagine Steinbeck’s best laid plans probably didn’t involve his story becoming the basis for a British cage fighting movie.
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    The Front Line (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on May 3rd, 2012

    In terms of major conflicts involving the United States, the Korean War has sort of gotten the short end of the cinematic stick with American audiences. Most people can easily rattle off their favorite movies dealing with World War II, the Vietnam War or the U.S. Civil War, but when it comes to the Korean War the options are comparatively more limited. Off the top of my head, there’s M*A*S*H, the original Manchurian Candidate, and Don Draper suffering one of the most famous cases of identity theft. (I realize Mad Men is a TV show, so forgive me for reaching.)
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    Splintered (Bluray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on March 22nd, 2012

    “Chill out? Am I the only one hearing this? This thing attacks people, Jane, and she wants to go looking for it, because she has deranged fantasies about the unexplained!”

    In Splintered a group of teens go seek the truth behind the northern Wales urban legend known as the Beast of Bodmin, a creature who may be responsible for the death of a bunch of livestock and the disappearance of a number of tourists and citizens. Sophie (Holly Weston) lives with unsuppressed childhood memories of being assaulted in her bedroom by some kind of beast man.
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    Helldriver (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on November 16th, 2011

    Over-the-top movies can be enjoyable vehicles to invest ninety minutes into. Movies like Planet Terror where somewhere behind the blood splatter and the lovely Rose McGowan who had a machine gun leg was an actual enjoyable story. But these movies do not just exist in America. Abroad, over in Japan, this type of film has been taken up to the Nth degree by the company Sushi Typhoon. This review covers their newest flic, Helldriver. Let’s see what we got.
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    Stool Pigeon (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 11th, 2011

    The more I get into this review writing gig (I say this like I just started writing movie reviews last week when it’s been half a dozen years), the more I appreciate foreign films. I am no longer afraid of subtitles, culturally sensitive sub-plots, or the use of specific foreign mythological creatures as supporting characters. I am not even sure what I just said. Anyway, we have an interesting foreign film to review today entitled “Sin Yan” or more commonly known by the American title as Stool Pigeon.
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    Little Big Soldier (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on August 22nd, 2011

    In my life, I have always made a habit rooting for the underdog. Whether it would be in the business world with a small company or at the NCAA March Madness tournament with a Cinderella team, I always like to see the unexpected. It happens in movies too for the most part, I routed for Rocky, I routed for the Indians in Major League (didn’t root for Rudy though, that was too much even for me.) But what would I think of the little soldier in Little Big Soldier? Well, we will have to see.
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    Brother’s Justice (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on July 27th, 2011

    A mockumentary is a piece of satirical entertainment that is shot like a documentary except it is fictitious and never really happened. Like my first marriage, HEYOOOO! (okay, not really) They can be funny or serious but they are often shot to be of the former. Sometimes, they can be pretty interesting or funny but more often than not, they tend to be just like most documentaries. Boring, pointless and liable to cure insomnia. We shall proceed to investigate Brother’s Justice which mocks movie making.
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    Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on June 5th, 2011

    Many times when you see a trailer over and over, one has to ask themselves: Do they really want to see the movie or is repetition to the point of acceptance playing its fatal card? In the case of Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen, I had seen the trailer several times in front of Ip Man and the sequel. I wasn’t sure if I was anxious for the movie, so much that I really wanted to see Donnie Yen go absolutely crazy with his kicks and amazing martial arts.


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    Ip Man 2: Collector’s Edition (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on April 23rd, 2011

    There are usually two schools of thought when it comes to judging sequels. One tends to be very harsh on the proceedings expecting it to surpass the original (which it hardly ever does) in all aspects of film-making. The other still expects a good film but realizes that this sort of thing is usually financially driven and just hopes for something that can favorable stand against the original. I happen to be in the later crowd. But, I certainly found myself inching towards the former when I received the blu-ray package to review Ip Man 2, Legend of the Grandmaster. Let’s go inside, shall we?
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    The Man from Nowhere (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Bob Ross on March 17th, 2011

    Connections between Eastern and Western cinema aren’t new, but they do seem to be proliferating. Back in 1964, Italian maestro Sergio Leone borrowed from Japanese genius Akira Kurosawa, turning Yojimbo into A Fistful of Dollars. Just last year, Korean writer-director Lee Jeong-Beom looked to the West for multiple influences, and the result is The Man From Nowhere, a psychological action-thriller that alternately engages, confuses and kicks major butt.
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    Triple Dog (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 4th, 2010

    It’s a classic moment in holiday cinema history. Ralphie, Flick, and Swartz are gathered around a flagpole in the dead of winter. Flick is scoffing at the idea that your tongue will stick to a metal surface under these extreme cold conditions. So Swartz commits a small violation of etiquette when he goes right for the triple dog dare. There isn’t any way out for our friend Flick. The results are predictable, but nonetheless hilarious. I wish I could say the same for the teen angst film Triple Dog. For me, there truly was no way out. You, my gentle reader, might yet save yourself.
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    Ip Man (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on July 28th, 2010

    Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen have done a lot of movies together in the last five years including Dragon Tiger Gate, Kill Zone, and Flashpoint. This duo has had a knack of combining strong stories with fantastic martial arts. In 2008, they decided to take on the story if Ip Man, the grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. Ip Man also had a few famous students including the legendary Bruce Lee. Can Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen produce another quality martial arts flic?

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