Sep 302014
 

Wolf is an interesting Dutch crime-drama with some decent performances and a good enough and engaging plot to make it at least a worthwhile, if not one-time, watch. The DVD has a good set of features but please stick with the original Dutch soundtrack as the English dubbing is just bad.

 

 

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Sep 302014
 

Sharknado 2: The Second One is a great entry into the series and is a whole lot of fun through and through with great in-jokes and some wonderful cameos that were great to see (particularly Robert Hays in a fun callback to Airplane). This obviously is not something to take seriously and is especially fun to watch with friends making for a better experience.

 

 

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Sep 302014
 

Stagefright has cultivated cult classic status and while it’s never was my kind of movie, never really found it that engrossing in a horrific kind of way, the Blu-ray released by Blue Underground does offer good video and audio transfers while the bonus features, a set of interviews mostly, is well done.

 

 

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Sep 272014
 

Persecuted seems to try to be the religious version of an Oliver Stone film but fails at almost every turn. First, the actual plot is thin and seemingly inconsequential not to mention overly dramatic; second, the pacing and editing felt off making a 90-minute movie feel a lot longer; and third the acting is at best average although I’ll give some credit to James Remar for at least giving it a go.

 

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Sep 262014
 

The Dogs of War is one of the more pleasant surprises to come out of the Twilight Time pike with a great performance from Christopher Walken and a unique storyline that distinguishes it from other war films. The Blu-ray from TT offers good video and audio transfers but unfortunately the bonus material is lacking, though it is nice to have the International Cut available.

 

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Sep 262014
 

Grave Halloween actually was a pleasant surprise, especially after watching many other direct-to-video or, in this case, made-for-TV (SyFy Channel) drivel that were, at best, amateurish and a chore to even get through. But with this, the acting wasn’t bad, headlined by Kaitlyn Leeb (Wrong Turn 4), Cassi Thomson (upcoming Left Behind remake) and Hiro Kanagawa.

 

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Sep 252014
 

Werewolf Rising is the latest direct-to-video schlocker with substandard effects, so-so acting and just an all around cheap looking movie which would be fine if not for an ineffective story. The DVD released by RLJ Entertainment is pretty basic with only a static menu with only options are to play or scene selection; no features were included, though not sure that’s a bad thing.

 

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Sep 252014
 

La Bamba is a well made and all around good biographic drama headlined by a great performance from Lou Diamond Phillips marking his first major role, and only third film, playing Valens whose career was cut short before it could really begin. The Blu-ray from Twilight Time offers up good video/audio transfers and two fine commentaries in a limited set of bonus material.

 

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Sep 232014
 

The Killer Elite is an interesting little film from the 1970s, long forgotten in the midst of far better films like The Godfather, The Conversation and The French Connection and there’s a good reason: this never hit the full potential when you get the likes of James Caan and Robert Duvall together.

 

 

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Sep 232014
 

Paramount Pictures has announced the date and released artwork for the second Hercules movie to come out in 2014, this one starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell. It is the latest from Brett Ratner delving into the fantasy-action-adventure genre.

 

 

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Sep 222014
 

“CSI”: The Fourteenth Season might not be a standout season for this long-running series but it does have its moments and unlike the short-lived Laurence Fishburne era, where stories managed to be even darker in tone, this ensemble headed by Ted Danson, seems to have coalesced quite well.

 

 

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Sep 212014
 

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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Sep 202014
 

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre celebrates its 40th Anniversary which for the Blu-ray compiles a fine selection of bonus material including two new commentary tracks and a slew of featurettes ported over from previous releases. This is a fan’s wet dream of a release and could’ve easily been called the Ultimate Edition. For the price, which as of this writing was around $20, is well worth the cost.

 

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