Nov 262014
 

Into the Storm despite being another found footage flick, and certainly with flaws in others such as story and character, does excel with the visual and some practical effects, culminating with an incredible lossless score. The Blu-ray itself is limited with its bonus material while the audio/video transfers were top notch.

 

 

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Nov 242014
 

The November Man doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre and is more in line with the Bourne franchise with both grit and geopolitics centric to their respective stories. But what makes this stand out is finally seeing Pierce Brosnan returning to form and kicking ass instead of, you know, singing…

 

 

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Nov 222014
 

The Expendables 3 continues a franchise that had more promise than delivering the goods, but still this wasn’t a terrible film, just underwhelming and at times a tad dull. I still enjoyed seeing these 1980s action stars together so it’s not a complete waste of time, but at best this is only a rental.

 

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Nov 212014
 

Maleficent actually isn’t a bad movie per se, but one that never quite hit its potential especially when you get a great performance out of Angelina Jolie who seemed to be the only one giving it her all with such a flashy character. But the issue at hand is a script with little conflict and a movie on the whole that doesn’t even try to challenge its audience.

 

 

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Nov 202014
 

1987’s Dolls is an incredibly fun, if not somewhat cheesy, horror flick that is one to watch with friends to have an even better time. The cast is great working together especially Carrie Lorraine who’s not bad for a child actor. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory offers up good bonus material while the video and audio transfers are both well done.

 

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Nov 182014
 

The “Robot Chicken”: Christmas Specials collection is geared more toward casual fans as, from what I can tell, everything on this disc was previously released in some fashion in the season sets, features included. The DVD itself has OK audio and video while the commentaries are at least entertaining.

 

 

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Nov 162014
 

The Twilight Samurai released by Twilight Time is a well made film headlined by a great performance by Hidoyuki Sanada and a strong core story and characters. The Blu-ray itself is a bit disappointing; outside of the lossless audio, the quality isn’t the greatest with so-so audio and only a theatrical trailer making up the bonus material.

 

 

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Nov 142014
 

22 Jump Street, as with its predecessor, was a surprisingly hilarious movie both mocking the genre while also giving us a half-decent plot, even if its copied from the first for a fair portion of the movie, and two leads who share some great on-screen comedic chemistry and timing. The Blu-ray released by Sony is well stocked with so good bonus features and a nice video/audio transfers.

 

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Nov 122014
 

Squirm is gleefully cheesy and although it is pretty bad, it’s one of those so bad, it’s good films which got ribbed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” although I would suggest watching this version first as the “MST3K” one edited out the gory parts. As a part of Shout’s Collector’s Edition line, it has a fair amount of features and the video/audio transfers are both well done.

 

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Nov 092014
 

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For not only is a movie a few years too late, the narrative isn’t quite as strong as the first and the acting, save for a few of the key players, isn’t all that memorable, though Rourke, under seemingly heavier does of make-up, is the biggest highlight with Eva Green taking a close second for her performance and… ahem… assets.

 

 

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Nov 092014
 

Tammy is yet another lame comedy (with attempts at sappy drama) from McCarthy and company following the tepid Identity Thief but I’m hoping at some point the actress, who can be funny, widens her range instead playing the same type of characters made famous in Bridesmaid.

 

 

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Nov 042014
 

The Doctor and the Devils might not be a well known horror-thriller but it’s a well made one headed by fine performances by Timothy Dalton and Jonathan Pryce with a good and darkly fun story. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory, via their Scream Factory line, and has fine video and audio transfers while the special features are relatively ordinary.

 

 

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Nov 012014
 

I acknowledge that Hercules is not a great movie but as summer blockbuster entertainment, it’s more than functional especially thanks to an ensemble cast led by Dwayne Johnson and some (purposefully) humorous moments that I enjoyed myself.

 

 

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