Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

BR: My Gal Sal (1942)

BR: My Gal Sal (1942)

July 10, 2018 | By

In this highly sanitized musical biography of musician-composer Paul Dresser, Victor Mature follows the young teen’s life as musician to itinerant performer with a medicine vending troupe, and later & greater success in New York City after enjoying a series of hit songs in popular musicals…

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BR: Zombie 3 (1988)

BR: Zombie 3 (1988)

July 9, 2018 | By

When he directed Zombie (1979), Lucio Fulci was in top form, balancing the lush colours of tropical locations with finely detailed makeup that enabled assorted dead to emerge from the ground, eating whomever was dumb enough to get in their way…

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BR: Zombie 4: After Death / After Death / Oltra la morte (1989)

BR: Zombie 4: After Death / After Death / Oltra la morte (1989)

July 9, 2018 | By

Not unlike the Demons series, the Zombie franchise consists of an original and a true sequel, and several unrelated films, rebranded by producers for extra recognition and push on video rental shelves. Zombie 4 repeats several scenes from George Romero’s…

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BR: Blue Denim (1959)

BR: Blue Denim (1959)

June 22, 2018 | By

You could argue that when Fox chose to adapt James Leo Herlihy and Willam Noble’s eponymous play a year after its 1958 Broadway run under the stage direction of wonderboy Joshua Logan (Picnic), it was an attempt to transcend the wave of sordid, exploitive teen-centric dramas which packed upbeat music, titillating behaviour…

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BR: Shocking Dark / Terminator 2 / Terminator 2: Shocking Dark (1989)

BR: Shocking Dark / Terminator 2 / Terminator 2: Shocking Dark (1989)

June 13, 2018 | By

As Shocking Dark’s screenwriters testify with amusing reticence in Severin’s newly recorded interview, the film was borne out of the producer’s request to make an Aliens knock-off, and be as close to James Cameron’s 1986 original plus integrate a bit of The Terminator (1984)…

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BR: Model Shop (1969)

BR: Model Shop (1969)

May 30, 2018 | By

After the success of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and its sequel Les desmoiselles de Rochefort (1967), Jacques Demy took the offered carrot from Columbia and settled in Los Angeles for his first U.S. studio picture, but what emerged was a film that may have reflected the tone of time…

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BR: Lola (1961)

BR: Lola (1961)

May 30, 2018 | By

After directing a series of short films, Jacques Demy made the leap to features with a low-budget romantic drama in which of the three men are linked to a cabaret dancer, only one will ride away with her heart…

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Film: Bye Bye Germany / Es war einmal in Deutschland… (2017)

Film: Bye Bye Germany / Es war einmal in Deutschland… (2017)

May 26, 2018 | By

Sam Garbarski’s tale of postwar concentration camp survivors using their wits to raise enough money to sail for America with business startup money is an unusual premise for a comedy-drama, and for most of the film the peculiar tone manages to balance dry humour…

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Film: Earth Cries Out, The / Il grido della terra (1949)

Film: Earth Cries Out, The / Il grido della terra (1949)

May 26, 2018 | By

Since its restoration in 2008, The Earth Cries Out is regarded as one of the earliest films chronicling the founding of Israel, made 9 years before the publication of Leon Uris’ best-selling novel Exodus, and Otto Preminger’s epic 1960 film version…

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DVD: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

DVD: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

May 24, 2018 | By

As Patricia Rozema recalls in her commentary track for the Miramax & Alliance DVD, she never expected her feature-length directorial debut to become a critically lauded work locally and abroad, but her tale of a young woman’s attraction to her boss and the worth of creative energy has enough heart and whimsy that it evolved over a relatively short time into a Canadian classic…

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