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Blu-ray Review: NIGHTBREED – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid Writer-Director: Clive Barker based on his novel CABAL Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory There are many instances where a director’s work is completely butchered by a studio because they don’t quite understand or care about the intent – they just want to make a quick buck and screw the art. Sergio Leone had his 1984 epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA sliced to a nub during its original release, only to be restored to its full epic glory decades later. Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED from 1990 is the equivalent …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION

HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION | ©2014 Shout! Factory/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Distributor: Anchor Bay/Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $169.99 The significance of HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION, which brings together all 10 films under once roof, is not lost among die-hard films. The rights issues for the ten films spans several different companies and many different licensees which has made a box set like this seem more like a pipe dream in the past than a reality. Then some crazy thing happened – Anchor Bay (which controls HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN V: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS), Miramax/The Weinstein Company which has HALLOWEEN: THE …Read On »

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Movie Review: FURY

FURY movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Anamaria Rinca, Alicia von Rittberg Writer: David Ayer Director: David Ayer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 10, 2014 FURY is set in April 1945, when the Allies were winning the war in Europe, but the Nazis were still fighting back furiously. The film takes its title from the nickname of a stalwart tank. A valued crew member has just been lost and is being mourned in various ways by his fellows: the tank’s top officer Sgt. Collier (Brad Pitt), religious Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT

THE HOUSES OCTOBER movie poster | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson Writers: Zack Andrews & Bobby Roe & Jason Zada Director: Bobby Roe Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date: Theatrical, VOD and iTunes: October 10, 2014 Probably no found-footage movie since THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT has persuaded much of the viewing public that it’s for real, but the makers of THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT give it a go, using people’s real names and an upfront explanation of who shot the purported additional footage. In fact, director Bobby Roe and his co-writers Zack Andrews & Jason Zada, have come up …Read On »

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EDGE OF TOMORROW Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

EDGE OF TOMORROW | © 2014 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: EDGE OF TOMORROW – Given how bad of a marketing campaign was run for EDGE OF TOMORROW and how poorly it was received by critics, you are probably going to be surprised how much you enjoy this science fiction GROUNDHOG DAY. And yes I realize there are …Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL THE MESSENGER

KILL THE MESSENGER movie poster | ©2014 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Berry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia Writer: Peter Landesman, based on the books DARK ALLIANCE by Gary Webb and KILL THE MESSENGER by Nick Schou Director: Michael Cuesta Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 10, 2014 At this relatively late date of 2014, most people accept as a matter of historical record that the CIA was involved in some shady doings in Nicaragua during the 1980s, continuing into the following decade. However, in 1996, not only was this …Read On »

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Movie Review: DRACULA UNTOLD

DRACULA UNTOLD poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson Writers: Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, based on characters created by Bram Stoker Director: Gary Shore Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 10, 2014 Audiences at this point have a right to be wary of anything with “Dracula” in the title, for the reason that the name at this point conjures less dread of the undead than dread of unoriginality. The master vampire, as villain, tragic hero and/or some combination thereof has been explored pretty thoroughly. As for less familiar versions – Vlad Dracul as young human warlord …Read On »

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Movie Review: INNER DEMONS

INNER DEMONS movie poster | ©2014 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Kate Whitney, Brian Flaherty, Colleen McGrann, Christopher Parker, Ashley Sutton, Susan Ateh, Richard Wilkinson Writer: Glenn Gers Director: Seth Grossman Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: October 3, 2014 While INNER DEMONS isn’t particularly innovative, it is at least a lot more coherent and thought-out than many in the found-footage horror genre. The acting is good, the progression works, and while the premise has been done before – is the main character addicted, psychotic or actually possessed? – it is handled here with verisimilitude. The premise is that a reality TV show called “Step …Read On »

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Movie Review: GONE GIRL

GONE GIRL movie poster | ©2014 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy Writer: Gillian Flynn, based on her novel Director: David Fincher Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: October 3, 2014 GONE GIRL achieves something rather unusual – it keeps us engaged and eager to know what will happen next, even as we’re not sure that we like the people who are most affected by the story’s events. Based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, with a screenplay by Flynn that’s directed by David Fincher, GONE GIRL takes turns in showing us several …Read On »

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Movie Review: ANNABELLE

ANNABELLE movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard, Kerry O’Malley, Brian Howe, Eric Ladin Writer: Gary Dauberman Director: John R. Leonetti Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: October 3, 2014 ANNABELLE is a prequel to last year’s THE CONJURING, explaining the history of that way creepy doll that was seen in the earlier film. We even get a scene from the earlier film, with two young nurses earnestly explaining to psychic investigator Ed Warren (who is off-screen here, though his voice is still that of THE CONJURING’s Patrick Wilson, going uncredited in ANNABELLE) that the doll one …Read On »

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