Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

November 16, 2017 | By

Running a compact 25 mins. Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story is a satire of the Nixon Administration, which was past the halfway point of its first term mandate when the short was scheduled for airing in February of 1972, but as the lore surrounding this ‘lost’ film goes…

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BR: September (1987)

BR: September (1987)

November 16, 2017 | By

Released the same year as Radio Days, Woody Allen’s September retains the cast members Mia Farrow and Dianne Wiest, but the tone harkens back to the auteur’s Interiors (1978), a more dour and overwrought attempt at Serious Drama…

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BR: Take the Money and Run (1969)

BR: Take the Money and Run (1969)

November 16, 2017 | By

There’s a progression in Woody Allen’s early as he moved from screenwriter to director, after having penned TV scripts and making the leap to What’s New Pussycat? (1965), and although What’s Up Tiger Lily? (1966) is credited as his first directorial feature film…

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TV: Stranger Things – Season 2 (2017)

TV: Stranger Things – Season 2 (2017)

November 16, 2017 | By

Netflix’s hit series returned a week prior to Halloween with 9 episodes that offered a tonally different set of further adventures of the Byers family & Eleven (Elle), as two storylines head off in different directions until a sense of friendship brings them and everyone else together for a resolution that’s both satisfying for the characters and the series…

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BR: Hour of the Gun (1967)

BR: Hour of the Gun (1967)

November 7, 2017 | By

In between the sprawling super-productions of The Hallelujah Trail (1965) and Ice Station Zebra (1968), in 1967 John Sturges switched to a smaller intimate project that was ostensibly about the stubborn friendship between two men of differing moral character bonded by an unwavering loyalty…

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BR: Lawman (1971)

BR: Lawman (1971)

November 7, 2017 | By

As more of Michael Winner’s films emerge on Blu-ray, it’s not hard to pick up on the director’s attraction to tales of disrupted lives and outright nihilistic finales, but what makes Lawman more unique than Winner’s career hit Death Wish (1974) is how whole lives are ruined by the visitation of one man who’s supposed to represent the law…

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DVD: Hookers on Davie / Working on Davie Street (1984)

DVD: Hookers on Davie / Working on Davie Street (1984)

October 30, 2017 | By

During the early 1980s, Janice Cole and Holly Dale directed a pivotal documentary on prostitution in Canada, with their gritty 16mm camera trained on Vancouver’s Davie Street, branded in the film’s prologue as “the prostitution capitol of Canada”…

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DVD: Vice Squad (1982)

DVD: Vice Squad (1982)

October 30, 2017 | By

Gary Sherman’s gritty take on Los Angeles’ vice squad and the rotten lives of prostitutes divided critics but proved successful at the box office, and although it’s easy to brand the film as sadistic exploitive drive-in fodder, it’s also one of his best films, benefiting from a solid cast of then relative unknowns, and gorgeous cinematography by the great John Alcott…

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DVD: Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

DVD: Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

October 30, 2017 | By

After the success of Vice Squad (1983), executive produce / prolific schlockmeister Sandy Howard figured a lighter redo of Gary Sherman’s nasty, grungy drama was worth a try, maybe fashioning a new script that could be spun off into a theatrical franchise or TV series…

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Film: Prettykill / Tomorrow’s Killer (1987)

Film: Prettykill / Tomorrow’s Killer (1987)

October 30, 2017 | By

After the launch of Pay TV stations in the U.S. and soon after Canada, the 1980s became cluttered with direct to video and straight to cable films, most being highly disposable productions designed to fill a time slot and video rental rack than stand out among the crowd…

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