Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

Film: 1945 (2017)

Film: 1945 (2017)

May 9, 2017 | By

Ferenc Török’s drama unravels as a minimalist thriller, as a train brings two strangers into a postwar Hungarian town bearing a set of slim wooden boxes. Soviet soldiers roam around town rather aimlessly, but the sight of the silent visitors sends fear throughout town…

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BR: Another Woman (1988)

BR: Another Woman (1988)

May 8, 2017 | By

If Interiors (1978) had Woody Allen oozing with the somber mood, visual minimalism, and dreadfully serious characters of a dead serious Ingmar Bergman drama, Another Woman is a more satisfying hybrid, unfolding like a filmed stage play with every scene is tied to a central character in a deep state of ennui…

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BR: Wax Mask / M.D.C. – Maschera di cera (1997)

BR: Wax Mask / M.D.C. – Maschera di cera (1997)

May 5, 2017 | By

Although Lucio Fulci had maintained a steady output of films during the 1980s, producing some of his nastiest delights – The Beyond (1981) and The New York Ripper (1982) being among the most outrageous – as his health began to falter, the famed Italian horror director was courted by Dario Argento to collaborate on a new film, a project that would hopefully boost Fulci’s emotions and lessen the strain from fragile health…

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DVD: Paura – Lucio Fulci Remembered, Vol. 1 (2008)

DVD: Paura – Lucio Fulci Remembered, Vol. 1 (2008)

May 5, 2017 | By

Director Lucio Fulci will forever remain a controversial director not because his greatest fame came from crafting gory horror entries with often bizarre plots, but whether he was a genuinely proficient filmmaker. Most of his 50+ films are unavailable to English language audiences…

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BR: Peyton Place (1957)

BR: Peyton Place (1957)

May 1, 2017 | By

The backstory behind the creation of the source novel for Fox’s hit film version is no less fascinating: after writing her first novel over several years, housewife Grace Metalious’ efforts were published in 1956, sold 60,000 copies in its first 10 days on sale, 100,000 copies within its first month, and 12 million over time…

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CanCon101: Cathy’s Curse (1977)

CanCon101: Cathy’s Curse (1977)

April 28, 2017 | By

In the latest installment of CanCon 101, a review of Eddy Matalon’s canuxploitation classique Cathy’s Curse (1977), released on Blu via Severin Films.

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BR: Cathy’s Curse (1977)

BR: Cathy’s Curse (1977)

April 28, 2017 | By

After a long period of illegal availability and ersatz public domain releases, Eddy Matalon’s riff on The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976) makes its way to Blu-ray in a striking special edition, sporting both the shorter U.S. cut and the original director’s cut, but after years of intriguing descriptions in posts and reviews by the few who sought out and sat down to view this CanCon fromagerie, Cathy’s Curse isn’t for every genre connoisseur…

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DVD: Disorder / Maryland (2015)

DVD: Disorder / Maryland (2015)

April 26, 2017 | By

Vincent’s suspicions of a looming crisis – an attack, kidnapping, or murder – has him sleeping in 2 hour shifts, monitoring the estate’s lone inhabitants: a cook and servant, the industrilist’s wife Jessie, and her young son Ali…

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DVD: Man on Fire (1987)

DVD: Man on Fire (1987)

April 26, 2017 | By

The first filming of A. J. Quinnell’s novel harkens back to 1987, when French director Élie Chouraqui adapted the tale of a hired gun-tuned-babysitter with Sergio Donati. Veteran indie producer Arnon Milchan perhaps ensured the film had more gloss than its otherwise modest budget, with Italian locations in Rome, Milan…

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BR: Baby Boom (1987)

BR: Baby Boom (1987)

April 20, 2017 | By

Former husband and wife team of Charles Shyer and Nancy Myers (Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II) concocted this surprisingly effective update of a classic screwball comedy, and although the pair may not have intended Baby Boom to be a time capsule of mores and conflicts of women juggling career and family in the mid-1980s…

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