Nov 302014
 

What If excels on its two leads in Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as well as a great supporting cast, rather than sharp, witty dialogue or even the plot which has been done in the past, including 500 Days of Summer. Still, it’s well worth a watch. The Blu-ray released by Sony offers good audio/video transfers while the bonus material is fairly limited.

 

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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 182014
 

This classic film from perennial filmmaker Otto Preminger is a haunting tale filled with amazing performances from its core cast headed by the great Laurence Olivier while Carol Lynley is mesmerizing in the starring role. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time is light on features but the video and audio transfers are both well done and allow this nearly 40-year-old, obscure mystery/thriller to look better than ever.

 

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Nov 182014
 

Judgment at Nuremberg is an engrossing, engaging and thought provoking court room drama featuring incredible performances from Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up incredible video and audio transfers and the bonus material, albeit old, is well worth watching if only for historical value.

 

 

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Nov 172014
 

Flaming Star is a different sort of film from Elvis Presley who gives a nice performance in an otherwise OK western (which admittedly is not my favorite genre). The Blu-ray meanwhile released by Twilight Time offers good audio and video transfers, with more emphasis on the latter, but not much in the features department.

 

 

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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 162014
 

Going on 11 seasons, “Two and a Half Men” has shown its age although it never was my brand of humor, though Chuck Lorre-created series rarely are, but when Charlie Sheen was canned and with the departure of Angus T. Jones, even the inclusion of Amber Tamblyn couldn’t help liven up dried up jokes and half-assed plotlines.

 

 

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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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