Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

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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BR: Gun Fury (1953)

BR: Gun Fury (1953)

October 18, 2017 | By

Between 1953-1954, Columbia’s foray into 3D spanned 8 films, with some productions benefitting from a mix of strong direction, scripts, casts, and 3D cinematography, but Gun Fury demonstrates the pitfalls of working with variable elements, and a team unable to fully grasp the demands of 3D…

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BR: Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1952)

BR: Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1952)

October 18, 2017 | By

Fox’s 3rd CinemaScope film is a visual stunner – more beautiful than the format’s debut with The Robe and the portraiture that dominated How to Marry a Millionaire – plus it’s a perfect cast, written, and produced work of romance and escapism set in Key West’s Greek community…

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BR: Night People (1954)

BR: Night People (1954)

October 18, 2017 | By

After years as an experienced writer-producer at Twentieth Century-Fox, screenwriter Nunnally Johnson made his first film as director with this virginal Cold War espionage thriller set in postwar Berlin…

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BR: Wonder Woman (2017)

BR: Wonder Woman (2017)

October 15, 2017 | By

There have been many attempts to capture the magic of DC’s popular heroine in film, a TV pilot, TV series, and animated productions, but Patty Jenkins’ 2017 film showcases Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) in an almost classically structured superhero adventure film, spending an unusual level of detail on her backstory…

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DVD: Wonder Woman (1974)

DVD: Wonder Woman (1974)

October 15, 2017 | By

For years after the cancellation of the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series (1975-1979), this oddity floating in syndication, perplexing series fans because although it was a WW feature length drama, it starred Cathy Lee Crosby in a production that seemed tightly budgeted, and just looked and felt all wrong…

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BR: Mummy, The (2017)

BR: Mummy, The (2017)

October 6, 2017 | By

When Stephen Sommers pitched to Universal’s studio brass his vision to reinvigorate their classic monsters into a new franchises, he hit gold with The Mummy (1999), a boisterous and blatant homage of sorts to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) that benefited from high energy, broad humour, and the buddy-buddy pairing of a male and female leads…

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DVD: Tutankhamun / The Mummy of Tutankhamun (2016)

DVD: Tutankhamun / The Mummy of Tutankhamun (2016)

October 6, 2017 | By

Perhaps put into production to beat Tom Cruise’s The Mummy production by a year, this 4-part ITV mini-series was foolishly rebranded as The Mummy of Tutankhamun for North American home video, confusing DVD buyers who caught the series on TV…

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BR: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

BR: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

October 5, 2017 | By

The third film based on a Tennessee Williams play did great business upon its release, even earning Oscar nominations for Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, plus Art Direction-Set Decoration, but Suddenly, Last Summer is a strange little film whose pedigree hides a troubled production that may have contributed to the weird atmosphere…

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