Blu-ray/DVD Review: IN FEAR

IN FEAR poster | ©2014 Anchor Bay

Rating: R Stars: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech Writer: Jeremy Lovering Director: Jeremy Lovering Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Blu-Ray/DVD/VOD Release Date: March 11, 2014 It’s hard to make any kind of a gripping movie with limited sets and very few cast members, but writer/director Jeremy Lovering succeeds with his debut feature, IN FEAR. Genre fans can relate elements of the scenario to a lot of other suspense/horror films, but IN FEAR works as an original, as well as an unexpectedly good character piece. Scotsman Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and English Lucy (Alice Englert) have only been dating for …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: GRAVITY

GRAVITY | © 2014 Warner Home Video

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Writer: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón Director: Alfonso Cuarón Distributor: Warner Home Video Just when you think that Hollywood has run out of ideas and everything is a remake or a retelling or a sequel or adaptation … OK, that’s actually the truth. That is what Hollywood has become. But every so often a gem sneaks through all the crap and blows you away with how good Hollywood can actually be. GRAVITY lives up to all the hype that it has been given in so many ways. The sheer scale of this film is …Read On »

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

RIDDICK | (c) 2014 Universal 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 RIDDICK – The cool thing about RIDDICK is that they decided to go back to the original formula of this bad ass guy fighting big, bad nasties rather than continue the path of him fighting an undead-alive army. Sure, they have a bit about this in the …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection | ©2013 Shout! Factory

The Amityville Horror Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger Writer: Sandor Stern based on the novel by Jay Anson Director: Stuart Rosenberg Grade: B+ Amityville II: The Possession Stars: James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Diane Franklin Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace based on the novel “Murder in Amityville” by Hans Holzer Director: Damiano Damiani Grade: B Amityville 3-D Stars: Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Candy Clark, Meg Ryan, Lori Loughlin Writer: William Wales Director: Richard Fleischer Grade: C Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $69.97 While films with the words AMITYVILLE in them have been floating around for over 30 …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HALLOWEEN – 35th Anniversary Edition

HALLOWEEN - 35 Anniversary Edition Blu-ray | ©2013 Anchor Bay Entertainment

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Souls, Nancy Loomis Writer: John Carpenter and Debra Hill Director: John Carpenter Release Date: September 24, 2013 Distributor: Anchor Bay Suggested Retail Price: $34.99  At this point, the big question is, do we need another HALLOWEEN special edition? Every five years, there’s a new anniversary edition, and while there are improvements each time, is it worth shelling out another $30 bucks to own it? For people who don’t love Carpenter’s original, I would say, it’s probably not, but for fans, each time it comes out, I can’t help but getting another copy for …Read On »

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DVD/Blu-ray Review: FOYLE’S WAR – Set 7 – “The Eternity Ring,” “The Cage,” “Sunflower”

FOYLES WAR SET 7 | (c) 2013 Acorn Media

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Daniel Weyman, Ellie Haddington, Nicholas Jones Writers: Anthony Horowitz and David Kane, created by Anthony Horowitz Directors: Stuart Orme and Andy Hay Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Acorn Media Release Date: September 24, 2013 It’s relatively rare for a series to actually change genres, but with Season 7 (or Series 7, as the British call it), FOYLE’S WAR goes from a WWII police drama to a post-WWII espionage thriller without losing any of its tone, clarity, twists or, crucially, its hero Christopher Foyle, impeccably played by Michael Kitchen. There may be some confusion as to the contents of …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAY OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S DAY OF THE DEAD Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2013 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joe Plasco, Richard Liberty Writer: George A. Romero Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 While none of George A. Romero’s zombie films were respected in the respective years of their release (1968 for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1978 for DAWN OF THE DEAD and 1985 for DAY OF THE DEAD), they have since become the cornerstones of classic zombie cinema. We wouldn’t have the zombie onslaught today without Romero’s thoughtful and terrifying visions of hell literally visiting earth and there would be no THE WALKING DEAD (the comic or …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Collector’s Edition

PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray | ©2013 Shout! Factory

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Victor Wong, Jameson Parker Writer: Martin Quatermass Director: John Carpenter Release Date: September 24, 2013 Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 While John Carpenter’s directorial output over the last decade has been minimal, his earlier films including the new reissue PRINCE OF DARKNESS, continue to age quite gracefully and are continually revered and graced with lavish special editions. He’s also just about the most remade film director in history with everything from HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE THING and soon ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK all getting bigger budget re-imaginings, but often …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: FRIDAY THE 13th: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

FRIDAY THE 13th - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION | ©2013 Warner Bros. / Paramount Pictures

Original Release Date: September 13, 2013 Distributor: Warner Bros./Paramount Pictures Suggested Retail Price: $129.95 The FRIDAY THE 13th films may be wildly loved by horror fans (and those with nostalgia filled eyes for the good old days of slasher movies), the treatment on DVD and Blu-ray has been a splotchy one at best. Every time Paramount has attempted to do a box set or repackage the films, it always feels like something is lacking. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t thing. The problem being, the first eight movies in the franchise were low budget efforts and …Read On »

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BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 3 Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

BOARDWALK EMPIRE THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON | (c) 2013 HBO 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: EVIDENCE – A new take on the whole found footage genre, as a group of homicide investigators try to piece together what happened to a bus load of people that got stranded in the desert and all ended up sunny side up. I get why they did …Read On »

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