Blu-ray/DVD Review: ECHOES

ECHOES Blu-ray | ©2015 Anchor Bay

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Kate French, Steven Brand, Billy Wirth, Steve Hanks, Caroline Whitney Smith Writer: Nils Timm Director: Nils Timm Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment Release Date: April 14, 2015 ECHOES was an official selection of the New York City International Film Festival and FilmQuest Film Festival. It won Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director. All of this goes to prove that there are many different opinions and tastes out there – clearly, some people think this is a terrific movie. The film does have gorgeous Joshua Tree, CA desert landscapes to recommend it, courtesy of cinematographer Robert Toth. …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD review: TREEHOUSE

TREEHOUSE movie poster | ©2015 Uncork'd Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: J. Michael Trautmann, Dana Melanie, Nick Herra, Clint James, Daniel Fredrick Writers: Alex Child, Miles Harrington & Michael Bartlett Director: Michael Bartlett Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment Release Date: Blu-ray DVD, March 31, 2015 TREEHOUSE is one of those low-budget horror movies that starts off so slowly that it seems like it’s never going to pick up speed. Unfortunately, unlike some other genre entries that lull us in order to make the jolts that much more impactful, TREEHOUSE continues as it begins. It takes 25 minutes to get into the treehouse, where we wind up feeling more trapped …Read On »

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR: Composer Alex Ebert’s music doesn’t want to kill – Interview

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR soundtrack | ©2014 Community Music

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (which just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray) might just be one of the most ironically misleading titles yet for a provocatively named film. For nothing in J.C. Chandor’s movie is what it appears to be, from the cargo heists endangering the heating fuel empire dreams of Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac in quietly burning Michael Corleone mode) to the insanely pacifist way in which he chooses to meet the thuggery that gets very close to home. But for all of the gritty photography, family business machinations and razor-sharp salty language that Chandor brings together to create a …Read On »

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Video news: MAD MAX Collector’s Edition details

MAD MAX Collector's Edition | © 2015 Shout! Factory

How cool is this? Timed perfectly with the upcoming release of the new blockbuster MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Shout! Factory is releasing a new cut of the original George Miller film starring Mel Gibson. The release of the MAD MAX Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray will be released on May 5, just 10 days before the release of FURY ROAD. The original film tells the story of Max Rockatansky, an Australian police officer that must deal with the new world after some sort of cataclysm engulfs the world forcing gangs of bandits to take violent action against everyone to secure water …Read On »

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JOHN WICK Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

JOHN WICK | © 2015 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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: JOHN WICK – I don’t know what it is but I really enjoy watching Keanu Reeves in action flicks. I can’t really name any flick he’s been in over the years that I haven’t enjoyed of the action variety. JOHN WICK is no exception. Reeves stars as …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: DOLLS Collector’s Edition

DOLLS Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Bunty Bailey, Cassie Stuart, Stephen Lee Writer: Ed Naha Director: Stuart Gordon Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 When RE-ANIMATOR hit theaters in 1985, it was one of those debut feature films that couldn’t be ignored. Director Stuart Gordon and occasional producing partner Brian Yuzna delivered an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that has become legendary. A wild gory and memorable ride filled with imagination, perversion and a breakout performance by Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West. With over-the-top gore that was so extreme the film couldn’t even garner …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE DARK HALF

THE DARK HALF Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Julie Harris, Michael Rooker Writer George A. Romero based on the book by Stephen King Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.97 Poor George A. Romero. He got the chance to do a big studio movie with THE DARK HALF, which was an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, and then it was mired with production problems and a studio at the time (Orion Pictures) which was on the verge of bankruptcy. The film sat on the shelf for years until it was dumped into theaters where …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: MONKEY SHINES

MONKEY SHINES Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patton, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci Writer: George A. Romero based on the novel by Michael Stewart Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.97 George A. Romero has had a pretty amazing and eclectic career, though most people know him for his undead movies – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD. It’s a shame, because throughout his six-decade career, he’s created some wonderfully twisted and underrated movies that don’t have flesh-eating ghouls in them and that few people rave about …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TALES FROM THE CRYPT / VAULT OF HORROR Double Feature

TALES FROM THE CRYPT - VAULT OF HORROR Double Feature Blu-ray | ©2014 Scream! Factory

Tales from the Crypt Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry Writer: Milton Subotsky based on the TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR comic books by William M. Gaines and Al Feldstein Director: Freddie Francis Vault of Horror Stars: Dawn Addams, Tom Baker, Michael Craig, Denholm Elliott, Glynes Johns Writer: Milton Subotsky based on the TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR comic books by William M. Gaines, Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig Director: Freddie Francis Director: Roy Ward Baker Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: 24.97 Before HBO transformed the classic EC Comic …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SQUIRM COLLECTOR’S EDITION

SQURIM Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan Writer-Director: Jeff Lieberman Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 SQUIRM is a 1976 nature run amok film that sported excellent poster art that made it feel like a gloriously gory Italian giallo film, but proved to be something completely different – a Southern character study populated by bloodthirsty worms. Shout! Factory has revisited the film with another excellent Blu-ray with a superb new transfer and solid special features. Modern audiences may be a bit letdown with the pacing and cheats SQUIRM employs. After all, we’re in the era of computer …Read On »

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