Feb 272014
 

Sparks is certainly an unconventional comic book movie and considering the shoe-string budget and lightning speed schedule, it’s not a half-bad little flick with two solid performances from Chase Williamson and Ashley Bell. The DVD release offers adequate video and audio transfers while the bonus material is mostly forgettable.

 

 

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Feb 252014
 

Ice Soldiers is a cheap and quick release from Sony, a movie that somehow got financing. The story is terrible, the acting bad except maybe for Ironside who is woefully underutilized, and it’s just an all around boring-ass movie whereupon I found more entertaining looking up at my ceiling than paying any attention to the plot.

 

 

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Feb 252014
 

The 300 Spartans is a extravagantly made war-drama with impressive costume and set designs to go along with the hundreds of extras. The Blu-ray released by Fox offers little in bonus material with only TV spots and trailers while the audio/video transfers aren’t anything overly impressive but certainly a good upgrade over the DVD version.

 

 

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Feb 252014
 

MGM once again goes the well with this now Rocky: Heavyweight Collection which only has a remaster of the first film while the other 4 (Balboa already looks great) are left with old transfers which are nice but nothing notable. Except for a throwaway game, all of the features on the 7th disc have been ported over and placed on the Rocky disc so you’re not going to be missing anything.

 

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Feb 242014
 

Killing Kennedy isn’t the best history drama as even at only 90-minutes does tend to drag but thanks to two strong performances from Rob Lowe (who deserved an Emmy nomination) and Will Rothaar, with special acknowledgement to Michelle Trachtenberg, this is a movie that is worth one viewing especially if you’re interested in getting the perspective of Oswald and his motivations.

 

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Feb 202014
 

Gravity is certainly one of the better movies, though not the best, to come out of 2013 and between the technological achievements by Alfonso Cuarón and the VFX crew, a taut story and Sandra Bullock’s performance, it’s one heck of a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not a movie for everybody and admittedly Cuarón utilization of symbolism is at times a bit laughable, I still recommend this movie.

 

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Feb 182014
 

The Front is a welcoming drama seeing Woody Allen playing it mostly straight and sans his quirky persona he’s relied on over the years, albeit most of the time with success. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time has good quality video/audio transfers although the bonus material is limited to a high-quality commentary track and the theatrical trailer.

 

 

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Feb 182014
 

All is Lost features a top-notch and award-worthy performance from Robert Redford in an ambitious film from writer/director Chandor making a solid follow-up to Margin Call. I can easily say this is well worth a rental. The Blu-ray released by Lionsgate has some OK bonus material but the audio and video are both very good.

 

 

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Feb 172014
 

The Blue Max is a well made, and very long, war-adventure-drama featuring fine performances from George Peppard and James Mason and has well done flight fight scenes to be put on film for the time. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers some OK set of features, the video is excellent and never looked better while the lossless audio track is serviceable enough.

 

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Feb 172014
 

Last Vegas is a movie that despite a weak script and some predictability succeeds thanks to its core cast. It delivers what the posters and trailers promote and that’s seeing four legendary actors on screen together having a grand old time together and there’s not much more one should expect from a movie like this.

 

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Feb 142014
 

Twilight Time’s release of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a long ignored title within the MGM catalogue line, is a fun flick featuring excellent performances from Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges set against the beautifully photographed backdrop of the Midwest. The Blu-ray offers up good video/audio transfers, both certain upgrades over their DVD counterpart, but the features are limited.

 

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Feb 132014
 

Scarecrow is yet another terrible Syfy Original Movie that features, outside of the two leads, a no-name cast whose characters only serve to be flesh food for the villain but worst of all it’s just not that scary. This DVD release has no bonus material and although the video is average, the audio track does have some oomph to it.

 

 

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Feb 132014
 

The Eddy Duchin Story is a well acted, if a bit stretched out, music drama featuring fine performances from Tyrone Power in the title character role as well as Kim Novak. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time may be limited in bonus material, something I found surprising not to even have a commentary track, but the audio and video transfers are nothing short of stunning.

 

 

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