Sep 302015
 

Chain of Command is the latest of a long string of direct-to-video action flicks with bad acting, terrible dialogue and a poor plot. The only good thing I guess I can say the newcomer, who has no other titles to her credit, Ashleigh Barnett isn’t bad, so that’s something?

 

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Sep 302015
 

“The Big Bang Theory” isn’t my kind of show and Chuck Lorre’s humor doesn’t do much for me, however, the series is quite popular thanks to some geek cred and all. This 2-disc set from Warner is fairly basic with some OK bonus material but solid video/audio transfers.

 

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Review: Jane the Virgin: The Complete First Season DVD

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Sep 302015
 

“Jane the Virgin”: The Complete First Season is a fun little show with some good humor yet with a nice and genuine heart at its core. Series star Gina Rodriguez has magnetism and was deserving of her Golden Globe win. The series itself is well worth a watch with its compelling storylines and entertaining supporting cast.

 

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Sep 292015
 

Director André Téchinké is apparently a well known filmmaker with several similarly themed movies under his belt and his latest, In the Name of My Daughter isn’t very strong though the acting is not bad and there are some nice moments sprinkled throughout that might make it worth a watch.

 

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Sep 292015
 

Results is a quirky if not uneven romantic comedy with a couple fine performances, particularly Kevin Corrigan and Guy Pearce. The writing isn’t the best and by the end I can’t say it’s very memorable either way. The Blu-ray released by Magnolia is basic with slim bonus material and good video/audio transfers.

 

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Sep 272015
 

S.F.W. is certainly an odd ball of a crime-drama with frenetic editing and direction to go along with the story while the performances are mostly good headlined by Stephen Dorff with special mention going to Jake Busey channeling his crazy father. As for the Blu-ray, there’s only a trailer while the video and audio transfers are decent enough.

 

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Sep 262015
 

Mad Dog Time is an odd-ball of a movie, a throwback to the days of the Rat Pac era, it was written and directed by Joey Bishop’s son, and although plenty of the dark humor didn’t quite work, it’s not an altogether terrible flick, though nothing I’d watch again in spite of a respectable cast.

 

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Sep 252015
 

Entourage: The Movie isn’t bad in the same way as films like Transformers: Age of Extinction or Muck are but instead it’s just a self-indulgent flick where Hollywood stars can rub shoulders with one another and have a good time with it. That said, I suppose if you’re a fan of the series, which I was at one point for the first few seasons, this might be satisfactory if only because it’s serves as an extended episode.

 

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Sep 252015
 

Cinderella wasn’t quite as magical as I’d hoped but there’s plenty elements to admire especially in the costumes and production designs which both I’m certain will receive award recognition in some form. The acting and all around casting itself also isn’t bad with Lily James serving as a great Cinderella and Cate Blanchett serves well as a devilish foe. But for all the good, the story itself doesn’t offer much new or different and the conflict is limited and ineffective.

 

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Sep 232015
 

Fatal Instinct actually isn’t a half-bad spoof movie, probably along the lines of Top Secret. The jokes, while indeed stupid, are still laugh-out-loud funny and the performances from the core cast, especially Armand Assante, are played mostly straight that it makes the humor work. It’s also refreshing that the movie still holds up today unlike so many of the other spoof films…

 

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Sep 222015
 

Navy Seals vs. Zombies is exactly as the title suggest with a bunch of soldiers going up against zombies. The make-up effects aren’t too bad and as a whole, it’s a fine time waster and quality-wise probably right up there with any number of those SyFy Original movies… take that for what you will.

 

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Sep 222015
 

Emperor of the North, also known as Emperor of the North Pole, is an interesting little film no doubt. On the technical and acting front, it’s not a bad flick headlined by veterans Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time has good video/audio transfers however the bonus material is a bit limited.

 

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Sep 222015
 

Needless to say The Beast (Le Bete) is certainly one of the more… unusual films I’ve come across. However, it’s not for everybody and frankly, as strange as it is, and actually the performances aren’t half bad all things considered, I’m not sure if this is one I’ll ever revisit.

 

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Sep 202015
 

Sentinel is an uneven yet still creepy supernatural-horror flick with some good performances from a respectable ensemble cast that includes Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Eli Wallach and Christopher Walken. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has above average video and audio transfers and a fine selection of bonus material.

 

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Sep 192015
 

“The Originals” season two actually improves upon its freshman year with good storylines and a well rounded ensemble that in some instances rivals “The Vampire Diaries” and on the whole, I found this series more enjoyable and fresh by comparison. The Blu-ray released by Warner Home Video offers great audio/video transfers while the bonus material, while fine, does feel a tad light in substance.

 

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