Nov 282013
 

The Beast Within is a fun little horror-thriller featuring fine performances from Ronny Cox, Paul Clemens and L.Q. Jones. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory might be light on substantive features but the two commentary tracks were definitely nice while the audio/video transfers are both top notch and easily an upgrade over the older DVD releases.

 

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Nov 272013
 

The World’s End has its moments and I did chuckle more than once but the characters, Pegg’s especially, are mostly un-redeemable twats though since for the most part they’ve worked together in the past, they at least share a friendly comradery with one another and it’s always nice to see Rosamund Pike in a movie…

 

 

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Nov 272013
 

Drinking Buddies is an interesting experimental movie where, outside of a plot outline, was improvised. It doesn’t make for the most energetic film but it at least doesn’t follow the typical Hollywood romantic comedy-drama and the performances by Wilde and Johnson actually aren’t bad. This isn’t something I’d probably watch again, yet I still found it somewhat refreshing and a breezy slice of life flick.

 

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Nov 252013
 

Maniac Cop 2 debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of Blue Underground, a real treat for horror fans to finally get proper audio and video transfers to go along with a well-packed selection of bonus features. At a good price, currently under $18, this is well worth purchasing and adding to your collection.

 

 

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Nov 232013
 

Argo has plenty of problems with regards to historical accuracies, but even when taking liberties with the story and characters, producer/director Ben Affleck highlights a story not many Americans know about and presents a suspense-thriller with greatly intense moments with a couple standout performances.

 

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Nov 212013
 

Pain & Gain might have its moments but the characters are mostly unlikeable and even acknowledging the substance of the plot, it’s not enough to recommend even though Mark Wahlberg is quite good in his role. Now, this “Special Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray re-release only has one feature, a 57-minute long documentary and while it’s well worth watching, it’s hardly worth the cost unless you never bothered buying the bare bones release.

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Nov 192013
 

Jane Eyre is a brilliant adaptation from Charlotte Brontë’s novel featuring wonderful performances from Orson Welles, Jane Fontaine and Peggy Ann Garner portraying the young Jane. The Blu-ray released by Twilght Time offers up solid video/audio while the bonus material wasn’t terrible with the commentaries well worth a listen.

 

 

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Nov 192013
 

Paranoia is the latest exercise in mediocrity despite having a few very talented actors attached. The story is clichéd filled and the performances, again despite the talent, are at best phoned in. It’s not a terrible film and as passable entertainment might be worth a whirl (rental), but otherwise pass it by.

 

 

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Nov 182013
 

Assault on Precinct 13 is an intense suspense-thriller by John Carpenter well worth checking out if you have not already (especially so before viewing the 2005 remake which itself wasn’t bad). This new Blu-ray released by Shout Factory I suspect has the same audio/video transfers from the Image Entertainment release and the features, with two new interviews, is quite good and informative.

 

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Nov 172013
 

We’re the Millers as a concept isn’t very good and could’ve easily been destined for direct-to-video hell but thanks to a director who seems to know how to direct comedy and a cast who share some great chemistry with one another, Millers is a film that won’t go down as one of the greats but is a more than serviceable comedy with some fun moments.

 

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Nov 172013
 

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Year is a fun animated movie aimed for little tikes but the animation is pretty basic and this new Blu-ray released by Disney is really weak. While the back cover describes this as a “newly remastered” transfer, this is nothing more than an upconversion and with a basic 2.0 Dolby Digital track and a weak set of “features”; it’s also an expensive release.

 

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Nov 162013
 

It truly is sad how Disney has treated Mickey’s Christmas Carol with an awful video transfer and only satisfactory audio which itself wasn’t upgraded at all. There are no features to speak of other than some decent animated shorts. I suppose if you don’t already own this and can get it under $10, it might be worth but only for the short and not for the video work done.

 

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Nov 152013
 

A wonderful musical, Oliver debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time and it has never looked or sounded better with amazing transfers on both accounts. The bonus material is also quite good headlined by two new interviews with Mark Lester and Ron Moody with the former being a must-watch.

 

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Nov 152013
 

Night of the Comet is a clever and fun twist on the zombie sub-genre and one hell of a ride featuring two great performances from Kelli Maroney and, especially, Catherine Mary Stewart. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has a fair array of bonus features and the audio/video transfers are both well done.

 

 

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Nov 142013
 

The Way We Were is a great, if not sappy, romantic drama propelled up by its two leads, Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand, who are so perfect together sharing two of the best on-screen chemistry. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up good audio/video transfers and the features are all well done including an hour-long featurette.

 

 

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