COPPER: SEASON ONE Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

COPPER SEASON ONE | (c) 2012 BBC Warner

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. Television: COPPER: SEASON ONE – A very interesting new series from the BBC based on the early days of New York and the crime fighting after the Civil War has ravaged the country. After returning home from the war, Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) discovers his daughter dead and […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: JAWS

JAWS - Blu-ray | ©2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gray, Murray Hamilton Writers: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb based on the novel by Peter Benchley Director: Steven Spielberg Suggested Retail Price: $29.98 For those of us who have lived through the VHS incarnations, the DVD versions and the super special remastered DVD versions of our favorite movies, the excitement level for new format re-releases does feel anti-climactic at times. That said, there are still a few movies that get the kid-at-heart excited especially when it comes to a Blu-ray release. The STAR WARS saga, the INDIANA JONES films and now, well JAWS. […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMA Miniseries – Part 2

Lauren Ambrose in COMA | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Joe Morton, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis Writer: John J. McLaughlin based on the book by Robin Cook Director: Mikael Salomon Original Telecast: August 5, 2012 Network: A&E If the first night of the two-part, four-hour COMA miniseries wasn’t enough torture, A&E delivers a second half that’s more excruciating as the first. Why, oh, why did this suck so bad? Here’s an example of how COMA fails miserably: whenever something interesting or suspenseful happens, suddenly the characters start looking at charts and talking ominous about what’s on the page. Or in other […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMA Miniseries – Part 1

COMA - miniseries poster | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Joe Morton, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis Writer: John J. McLaughlin based on the book by Robin Cook Director: Mikael Salomon Network: A&E Original Telecast: August 3, 2012 When you name your mini-series COMA, you better deliver a suspenseful, taut thriller, otherwise, puns from journalists reviewing it will be aplenty. So yes, here’s one coming now – COMA puts you to sleep. Yes, the first two hours of this mini-series airing on A&E is a complete bore. The script is sluggish, the scenarios ridiculous and the pay-off (which finally happens during the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: AMERICAN GRAFFITI – Special Edition

AMERICAN GRAFFITI - Special Edition Blu-ray | ©2011 Universal Home Entertainment

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard (aka Ron Howard), Paul Le Mat, Charlie Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack Writer: George Lucas and Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck Director: George Lucas Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $26.98 Most people know George Lucas as the creator of the billion dollar empire known as STAR WARS, but the generation of kids who grew up on the prequel trilogy have no idea that Lucas actually created a completely different film set in a different time period, far, far away. 1973’s AMERICAN GRAFFITI was co-writer (with Gloria Katz & […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PIRANHA

PIRANHA - Blu-ray | ©2011 Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films

Stars:Elizabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss Writer: Peter Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg Director:Alejandre Aja Distributor: Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films Suggested Retail Price: $34.95 Not since SNAKES ON A TRAIN has a mainstream feature film so embraced its inner cheesiness and heralded it proudly in its marketing campaign then last summer’s PIRANHA. Released in 3D, it featured so much gore and nudity (not to mention a glorious underwater girl-on-girl ballet), that it clearly honored its exploitative roots as a remake of the 1979 Joe Dante directed original. Granted, Dante’s film was […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RED

RED movie poster | © 2010 Summit Entertainment

What happens to old CIA (and MI-6, and KGB) agents once they’re put out to pasture? Well, according to RED (the film’s acronym for the status of Retired, Extremely Dangerous), they can lead absolutely mundane lives. Unless of course somebody tries to kill them, in which case, they return to form in no time flat.

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