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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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Purging of the Pundit”

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 10 - "The Purging of the Pundit" | ©2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Ignacio Serricchio, Will Vought, Kate Hampton, Gary Basaraba, Jonah Wharton, Maouzam Makkar, Amanda Leighton, Erinn Westbrook Writer: Michael Peterson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Tim Southam Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: October 9, 2014 Rush Limbaugh has been murdered. Okay, not really, but BONES’ deceased of the week, a heavyset right-wing radio host named Hutch Whitehouse, is clearly based on the man. “The Purging of the Pundit” has a lot of fun with both the …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “Black” – Season Premiere

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 10 - "Black" | ©2014 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Erica Carroll, Travis Aaron Wade, Emily Fonda, Jud Taylor Writer: Jeremy Carver, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 7, 2014 When last we saw our hero Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), he had been killed. This being SUPERNATURAL, he was brought back as a demon by his Mark-of-Cain connection to the First Blade. We also learned that King of Hell Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard, elevated to regular status this season) had largely engineered this scenario. In SUPERNATURAL’s Season 10 …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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Blu-ray Review: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Blu-ray | ©2014 Marvel Studios

Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Bill Paxton Suggested Retail Price: $79.99 Distributor: Marvel Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment One of the most disappointing things Marvel has done in its bid for superhero dominance is the creation of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – an ABC TV series that should have been better than it actually was. Now it’s out on DVD and Blu-ray as THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON for the binge-viewers out there. And considering Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed THE AVENGERS, was at the helm and co-created the series with Jed …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Mummy on the Orient Express”

Frank Skinner as Perkins in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Mummy on the Orient Express" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Jamie Mathieson Director: Paul Wilmshurst Original Telecast: October 11, 2014 Network: BBC America “Mummy on the Orient Express” is yet again an excellent episode of the 12th Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) new tenure on DOCTOR WHO. Following the events of the meltdown at the end of “Kill the Moon” it appears that the time has come for The Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) to go their separate ways. So one last trip to somewhere nice is in order. That somewhere nice, and oh yes exotic, happens to be the Orient Express. In space. So it’s …Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 40 – Host Bill Hader with musical guest Hozier

Bill Hader in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 40 | ©2014 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Sasheer Zamata Host: Sarah Silverman / Musical Guest: Hozier Original Telecast: October 11, 2014 Network: NBC, airs Saturday Night Here’s one way to reinvigorate a struggling show – bring in the heavy hitters. With the third episode of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 40, the show brings back former MVP cast member Bill Hader to host and the results are stellar (especially with Kristen Wiig showing up to assist as well). Part of …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Lance to the Heart”

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 10 - "The Lance in the Heart" | ©2014 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Patricia Belcher, Eugene Byrd, Carla Gallo, Sterling Macer Jr., JD Cullum, Sam Anderson, Rance Howard, Susan Angelo Writers: Nkechi Okoro Carroll & Keith Fogleson, story by Michael Peterson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Dwight Little Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: October 2, 2014 With the start of Season 10 and the death of Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley), BONES has certainly entered a new era. Wrapping up the gigantic conspiracy that consumed the latter …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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