DVD Talk DVD Reviews http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/list.php?reviewType=DVD+Video DVD Talk DVD Review RSS Feed en-us Death Valley Days Complete First Season DVD Video http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=72019 Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:20:32 PDT Recommended

The earliest television Westerns, shows from the late 1940s and early 50s, mostly were adaptations of successful, long-running theatrical B-Westerns, series starring William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry, etc. Although many of these shows originated as B-Westerns for general audiences or even specifically adults, by the time television was rolling out their audience consisted primarily of children who adored such shows.

In past reviews I've extolled the virtues of TV's earliest adult Westerns, particularly Gunsmoke (premiering in 1955) and Have Gun - Will Travel (1957), but one series predates those, a semi-adult transitional TV Western called Death Valley Days. An anthology series, it was syndicated rather than a primetime network series, but enjoyed an unusually long and successful run. It premiered in 1952 and ran a staggering 18 seasons, thr...Read the entire review

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The Handmaid's Tale (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71992 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:44:44 PDT Highly Recommended

The Movie:

In anticipation of the new Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel, Shout! Factory has just released a new Blu-ray/DVD set of the book's 1990 film adaptation, starring the late Natasha Richardson.

Many articles and thinkpieces have already been published about the way that parallels to the current political situation have triggered increased interest in dystopian literature, so I don't pretend to be saying anything new when I marvel that this 27-year-old film feels awful timely. In the film, politicians have used the idea of returning to traditional values -- specifically Old Testament Biblical values -- as a means to build up a totalitarian government that affirms religious patriarchy and ...Read the entire review

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Tales from the Hood (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71984 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:27:00 PDT Highly Recommended

The Movie:

Directed by Rusty Cundieff in 1995 and written by Cundieff and Darin Scott, Tales From The Hood is an anthology horror film based around a series of stories hosted' by Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III), an eerie funeral home manager in South Central Los Angeles. As the title implies, there's a Tales From The Crypt / E.C. Comics influence here in that there's a moral to each twisted vignette, but as you'd probably guess, there are black themes running throughout the movie as well. The framing device involving Simm sees a trio of teenagers out to grab a drug shipment from Simm's business. As Simms escorts them through the place, he tells them stories about some of his more interesting clients. This sets up each tale.

Rogue Cop Revelation is the first story. Here we meet a rookie cop named Clarence Smith (Anthony Griffith) who, along with partner, Newton...Read the entire review

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII DVD Video http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71938 Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:20:16 PDT Recommended

The Movies:

Shout! Factory keeps churning out more Mystery Science Theater 3000collections, and the latest one is Volume XXXVIII (or 38 for thosewho've forgotten their Roman numerals). This set contains anotherfour episodes, all from the Mike era of the show, and while none ofthese are classic installments, they all have their moments. Thisset is well worth picking up for fans of the classic program.

The shows included in this set are:

Experiment 602 - Invasion, U.S.A.:

"Will somebody please invade something!" - Tom Servo

This experiment starts off with a great short, A Date with YourFamily. ("The Woody Allen Story!" - Crow) This short was alsoincluded on the compilation disc Shorts Vol. 1 which can be found inRhino's release of Mystery Sci...Read the entire review

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Firestarter (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71891 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:50:19 PDT Recommended

The Movie:

Directed by Mark L. Lester and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, 1984's Firestarter was made at the height of Stephen King movie mania and also benefitted from the casting of a young actress who had just been crowned America's latest movie darling, Drew Barrymore (fresh off of E.T.). Throw in George C. Scott and Martin Sheen and put Lester, the man behind the masterpiece that is Class Of 1984, in the director's chair and you've got a sure fire hit, right? Right? Well sort of. Firestarter isn't up there with the best cinematic adaptations of King's work but it's a pretty solid movie and one worth revisiting if you haven't seen it in a while. Shout! Factory's new Blu-ray release is absolutely the right way to do just that, but more on that in a few paragraphs.

When the movie begins, Andy McGee (David Keith) and his daughter Charlie (Barrymor...Read the entire review

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RoboCop 2 (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71887 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:21:25 PDT Recommended

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I wish I could say that 1990's RoboCop 2 has been reassessed and proclaimed a top-rank Sci-fi show. That just hasn't happened -- it's still a loud, violent epic with a nihilistic Frank Miller streak that wants to be uncompromising but just seems mean-spirited and thin. After 27 years viewers are more likely to be impressed by the sensational pre-CGI special effects -- as a stop-motion animation film this is a major achievement. I'd also make a case that RoboCop 2 is the best film ever about what is called 'The War On Drugs.' Sure, drug lords are a big problem, but they're nothing compared to a curse that may finally have arrived in America: the runaway privatization of public property and services.

RoboCop is the best science fiction film of the 1980s, a stu...Read the entire review

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RoboCop 3: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71881 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:22:43 PDT Recommended

I've seen the original Robocop more times than I can count, and for good reason: it's a top-tier action film with terrific performances, memorable one-liners, effective drama, and not-so-subtle satire that has aged perfectly during that last three decades. The 1990 follow-up Robocop ...Read the entire review

]]> The Defenders: Season 1 DVD Video http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71880 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:07:33 PDT Highly Recommended

The Show:

Long out of circulation, the legendary legal series The Defenders makes its belated arrival on DVD with a new Season One set from Shout! Factory. Starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-son team of defense attorneys, the show displays the intelligence and idealism of the best early television drama, even though it hit the airwaves in 1961 (technically after TV's original Golden Age).

Created by 12 Angry Men writer Reginald Rose, The Defenders is not a mystery show in the Perry Mason/Matlock mold (although season one features a few different episodes where one of the hero attorneys gets a witness on the stand ...Read the entire review

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Antibirth (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71855 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 14:54:53 PST Skip It

For many, horror is an easy route into a love of movies. They promise bold spectacle and visceral thrills, are good for party and crowd settings, and often provide an ironic entertainment value even if they turn out to be underwhelming. Later, as one develops a deeper appreciation for filmmaking, while those things are more or less still true, the value of horror shifts to its ability to tap into communal and shared anxieties, and possibly its ability to transform those anxieties into more literal monsters through the use of metaphor. The downside of this insight is, you quickly realize how many horror films fail to do this, and most of the recent crop of buzzy indie horror hits (*cough* It Follows *cough) have failed to fully finish that journey from anxiety to metaphor. The latest example: Danny Perez's Antibirth.

Lou (Natasha Lyonne) is more than just a party animal -- as the fil...Read the entire review

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Beauty And The Beast (2014) (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71844 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:57:56 PST Rent It

The Film:


Fantasy films have a way of casting a spell over their audience by drawing them into the imaginative environment or period in which they happen, a cinematic effect to which French writer/director Christophe Gans is no stranger. While his experience possesses more of a gritty, horror-driven slant, from his depiction of the historical Beast of Gevaudan as a werewolf to the eerie metaphysical realm of Silent Hill, his daring orchestration of production design and cinematography similarly deepen the immersion within both outlandish settings. Beating Disney to the punch, Gans latest film takes aim at a new live-action version of the classic French fairytale Beauty and the Beast, fusing together his experience with sprawling atmosphere and ...Read the entire review

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Deadtime Stories (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71814 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:14:11 PST Recommended

"Uncle Miiiiiiiiike...!"

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Look, kid, your Uncle Mike (Michael Mesmer) ain't so much the babysitting type. It's late, and the guy just wants to kick back with a cold one and gawk at some titties on premium cable. Oh, you want him to tell yo...Read the entire review

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Long Way North (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71739 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:02:52 PST Rent It

For many viewers, Long Way North will get by on the basis of its spectacular visuals, and there's no question those visuals are worthy of recognition. Director Remi Chaye has crafted a stunning adventure film, set in Russian palaces, dingy shipyards, and an almost surreal Arctic desert that stretches on for miles. His animation style, which does not use traditional black lines to delineate between objects, is a wonder to watch, to see how it moves and captures details of reality with a certain simplistic perfection (video game players will almost certainly associate it with the distinct look of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker). Unfortunately, despite the film's lessons about bucking with tradition and forging your own path, the movie follows a familiar structure that bogs it down, one that feels especially facile at a time when rebellious adventures for young women may be especial...Read the entire review

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Poltergeist III (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71736 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:44:35 PST Recommended

The Movie:

Directed by Gary Sherman in 1988, Poltergeist III once again catches up with Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke). This time around, she's sent off to life with her aunt, Pat Wilson-Gardner (Nancy Allen) and her new husband Bruce Gardner (Tom Skerritt) in their fancy Chicago high-rise apartment. Also hanging around is Bruce's teenaged daughter, Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle), who doesn't always get along with her somewhat self-obsessed new stepmother so well. Pat doesn't seem to be able to connect with the kids, or even really want to try, instead she focuses on her art business. Maybe not so surprisingly Carol Anne isn't super happy at her new digs.

The psychiatrist at Carol Anne's school, one Dr. Seaton (Richard Fire), starts poking around in her head and of course, her dealings with the spirits that have plagued her obviously get his attention. He suspects, however, ...Read the entire review

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71728 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:21:38 PST Recommended

The Movie:

Directed by Brian Gibson in 1986, Poltergeist II: The Other Side takes place a year after the events that ended the first film, wherein the Freeling family watched their house be destroyed by the evil spirits that had plagued them. When this second film picks up, Steve and Diane Freeling (Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams respectively) have moved with their kids Robbie (Oliver Robins) and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) to Phoenix, Arizona. Here they've moved in with Diane's mother, Jess (Geraldine Fitzgerald), an aging clairvoyant who feels that Carol Anne has inherited her abilities to connect with the spirit world.

Meanwhile, in the California suburb that they left behind, an archeological dig is going on in the Freeling's old neighborhood. Curious to see what she can learn about the area's history, the medium that the Freeling's used in the first movie, Tangina ...Read the entire review

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Black Christmas: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71725 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:13:07 PST Highly Recommended

The Film:


The colors, the calmness, and the celebration of Christmastime doesn't seem like the type of setting befitting a horror movie, but that's exactly why some filmmakers embrace the opportunity to disrupt the festivities with their own brand of terror. Roughly a decade before delighting us with his take on bespectacled Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, director Bob Clark crafted a different sort of holiday movie with Black Christmas, which, in a peculiar sort of way, showed early on that his grasp on what makes the season special was pretty firm. Against a backdrop of carolers, vacation plans and domestic squabbles among college students, a relatively authentic and unostentatious representation of the holidays takes shape ... ...Read the entire review

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2016 World Series Champions: The Chicago Cubs COMBO (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71630 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:06:57 PST Highly Recommended

The Movie:

How weird has 2016 been? Consider that, for the 2016 World Series, the Cleveland Indians had not won a World Series in 68 years, and over the course of seven games, were on the brink of providing Cleveland with its second sports championship in 4 months, after not experiencing a title in any "Big 4" sport since 1964. And if you lived outside Cleveland, chances are you were rooting for the other team in the World Series, the Chicago Cubs.

Why? Well the Cubs' predicament was dire in and of itself. The team had not appeared in a World Series since 1945 (the Indians appeared in two losing efforts between 1948 and 2016). Again, that's APPEARED. Not won, just running-up. The drought, while experiencing 100 loss seasons near routinely, was something Cubs fans endured through the years, decades, nay generations. That it was not hard to find the stories of sons going to games with ...Read the entire review

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Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Collector's Edition (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71619 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:39:45 PST Recommended

I'll admit that I'm hardly a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs, and why should I be? I was only a casual fan of baseball as a kid, never followed it much as an adult, and live nowhere near The Windy City...although that didn't stop me from jumping on the Bulls bandwagon in Jordan's era. But a certain amount of historical drama adds a lot to any sporting event, so the idea of watching a team attempt to break their 108-year championship drought was more than enough to grab my ...Read the entire review

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THE FILM:

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This entertaining mash-up of genres dives into the dangerous world of dreams, and there is no Christopher Nolan in sight. Dreamscape, from director Joseph Ruben, stars a young Dennis Quaid as Alex Gardner, a psychic recruited to link with others and enter their dreams to help cure insomnia, phobias and other mental ailments. Offering elements of science fiction, action, horror, drama and romance, Dreamscape features the similar-looking Max von Sydow and Christopher Plummer in opposing ro...Read the entire review

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Snowtime! (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71567 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:09:41 PST Recommended

At first glance, Snowtime! from Shout! Kids looks like just another direct-to-video CG animated movie- that's about what I was expecting, though its main attraction for me of course was that it was in 3D and Shout consistently puts out 3D titles without forcing anyone to seek them out amongst separate 2D-only editions. It turns out that this is based on a 1980s live-action movie from Canada called The Dog Who Stopped The War, which is a favorite amongst family films in its native country though it's been hardly seen at all in the US. Additionally the native French title for both versions translates to "The War of the Knit-Caps," but the marketing powers that be have decreed it instead be known as Snowtime! over here.

As expected, this does take place...Read the entire review

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T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71563 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:00:32 PST DVD Talk Collector Series

T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show:

"Don't like the food I eat
The cans are running out"

I'm so tempted to simply slap this review with this little tidbit: DVD Talk Collector Series, because for any fan of modern music, that's what it is. Even if you're Sting, and this is the same tape you've had for years. (the singer famously name-checks James Brown's performance on The T.A.M.I. Show in the song 'When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around'.) Shout! Factory's Shout Select Series brings you the T.A.M.I Show and The Big TNT Show in this convenient two-disk Blu-ray set, (with a bulky 35-page liner notes insert) which, prior to Shout!'s 2010 DVD release, had never seen an official home video version. (Where'd you get that tape, Sting?) And now, here you go, on fabulous Blu-ray. If you'd like to learn more, read on.

T.A...Read the entire review

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXVII DVD Video http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71558 Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:48:40 PST Recommended

The Movies:

It's hard to believe that Shout! Factory is putting out the 37thcollection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 shows. While most of thebest shows (that don't have rights issues) have been released, I'mpleased to say that this set has four good shows. While none of themare classic episodes, these three Mike and single Joel 'experiments'are well worth watching and adding to your collection.

The shows included in this set are:

Experiment 420 - The Human Duplicators:

Crow: This is Beverly Hills Cop, only the slow, whiteversion.

Season four had Joel and the bots at the height of their game, butthere are still some so-so installments, such as this one. The filmitself features Richard Kiel as an alien who has arrived on Earthwith the purpose of creating robot duplicates of humans to wreakhavoc on the planet and soften it up for an invasion...Read the entire review

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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Legend Of Everfree (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71554 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:50:24 PST Recommended

In 10 Words or Less
The MLP girls head to camp

Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: My daughter
Likes: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the Equestria Girls films
Dislikes: Marketing cash grabs, plot holes
Hates: Bratz

The Movie
It looks like there is no end in sight for My Little Pony's Equestria Girls off-shoot (even if my 10-year-old's interest in the characters has begun to wane.) The latest in the series sees the Mane 6 (the core group of friends) heading to bucolic Camp Everfree, looking to get away from all the magical mayhem of the last film, Friendship Games. Unfortunately for Twilight Sparkle, the star of the films, who crossed over from the pony world to the humanoid plane of Equestri...Read the entire review

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Rabid (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71518 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:50:31 PST Highly Recommended

Three hours to the nearest capable hospital. A half hour at most to live.

The Keloid Clinic is hopelessly isolated by design, offering its wealthy clientele the opportunity to recuperate from their nips and tucks far from prying eyes. Sneer at them as just plastic surgeons if you will, but the clinic's doctors are the only hope that Rose (Marilyn Chambers) has following a devastating motorcycle accident nearby. They're not equipped to operate in any sort of traditional way, unfortunately, instead turning towards a bleeding-edge and largely untested technique. Tissue from Rose's thigh will be treated as to be morphogenetically neutral before being grafted. Her body will have no idea that it was originally thigh tissue rather than, say, her own breast tissue, allowing her to heal in ways never dreamt possible. The road to recovery is long and...Read the entire review

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street In Concert (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71484 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:45:10 PST Recommended

Victorian literary character Sweeney Todd, whose story may or may not have been based on actual events depending on who you ask, is probably best known to American audiences through Stephen Sondheim's musical adaptation which was first performed in 1979. Done mainly as a dark comedy with songs that are operatic in style, the title character is actually the new name taken by Benjamin Barker (played in this version by stage and screen actor George Hearn), a barber in London who was sent to prison on false charges by a corrupt judge (Timothy Nolen) who then took custody of his daughter Johanna and led his wife to supposedly poison herself. The play begins as Barker returns to London having escaped prison, hoping to reconnect with his family but is shattered when he hears of their fate. He's soon befriended by Mrs. Lovett (Patti LuPone) who runs a meat pie shop downstairs from his former barber shop, wh...Read the entire review

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Dead Ringers: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71479 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:42:37 PST Highly Recommended

You don't have to be an identical twin to feel unsettled watching David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers (1988), but it helps. Growing up, my twin brother Dan and I enjoyed the benefits of looking alike---fooling our friends and relatives, sharing (and occasionally swapping) classes in school---while enduring terrible jokes at our expense, and we still have an unspoken link that allows us to literally finish each other's sentences on occasion. But since we're not sociopaths, we ne...Read the entire review

]]> The Exorcist III (Collector's Edition) (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71403 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:08:28 PDT Highly Recommended

THE FILM:

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The true sequel to William Friedkin's The Exorcist came nearly two decades later, and no, I'm not talking about The Heretic, the abysmal follow-up starring Linda Blair. William Peter Blatty, the original's writer, steps into the director's chair and adapts his own "Legion" into The Exorcist III, an unfairly forgotten...Read the entire review

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What We Become (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71393 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:58:00 PDT Rent It

The Movie:

Sorgenfri, retitled What We Become for its North American release via IFC Films, was written and directed by Danish filmmaer Bo Mikkelsen. The story isn't particularly complex, but it is effective and while this has been marketed in such a way as to make it look like another run of the mill zombie film, the picture has more in common with outbreak' style pictures. As such, it's more akin in some ways to Romero's The Crazies than it is to Dawn Of The Dead.

Dino (Troels Lyby) Johansson, his wife Pernille (Mille Dinesen) and their teenaged kids Gustav (Benjamin Engell) and Maj (Ella Solgaard) lead a fairly normal life. Summer is encroaching and things are quiet in the suburbs where they live. Gustav's got eyes for the new girl in town, Sonja (Marie Hammer Boda), who just moved in next door. This is a horror movie though, so there has to be more...Read the entire review

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Fender Bender (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71371 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:21:14 PDT Recommended

Oh! Sorry I caught you completely off-guard by stopping at a stop sign. Since a shiny, red metal sign and my brake lights clearly weren't enough to let you know I was slowing down, I guess I deserve to have my left tail light busted and the bumper on my mom's brand new sedan scuffed all to hell. Nah, you're right; no need to call the police for some annoying little fender bender. Here, let me give you my full name, home address, phone number, the name of my insurance company, and my policy number, and I'll just take it on faith that what you're giving me is on the level.

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*Throughout this review, the OLD MGM DISC IS ON THE LEFT, and the NEW SCREAM FACTORY DISC IS ON THE RIGHT. Click on each image for full 1080p screenshots so you can compare this release for yourself.*

Scream Factory treats the horror genre with more respect than the major studios they license films for distribution from. They release a ton of niche titles and give hig...Read the entire review

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Transformers: The Movie (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71343 Sun, 02 Oct 2016 04:55:10 PDT Highly Recommended

In 10 Words or Less
The childhood-shattering animated classic gets a clean-up

Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Generation 1 Transformers
Likes:
Dislikes: Michael Bay Transformers
Hates: Not having all my original toys anymore

The Story So Far...
The feature-length animated Transformers movie was highly anticipated in 1986 by fans of the TV series, and when it hit theaters it promptly crushed youngsters watching by killing off a number of popular characters in a film far more vicious than the series it emerged from. It remains popular amongst Generation 1 fans however, and has received a number of home-video releases, including a DVD in...Read the entire review

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Carrie: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71329 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:19:30 PDT Highly Recommended

Don't call her Cinderella. In Brian De Palma's successful adaptation of Stephen King's emotionally brutal Carrie (1976), the socially outcast high school girl (Sissy Spacek) is bullied at every turn: at school, where Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen) and the other girls abuse her for sucking at volleyball; and at home, where her domineering, hyper-religious mother (Piper Laurie) convinces Carrie that her first period is linked to a biblical blood curse. Her only apparent ally is...Read the entire review

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THE FILM:Although this New Zealand import is competently acted, directed and shot, it offers a frustratingly dull experience that is capped with a terrible, nonsensical ending. The filmmakers cannot decide whether they are ripping off Poltergeist, creating a possession thriller, or teasing some demonic force. The biggest problem with The Dead Room is that it gives you little to no satisfaction on the journey, and certainly does not reward your patience at the finish line. Director Jason Stutter and Cinematographer Grant Atkinson create an initially moody atmosphere, but that is spoiled when it becomes clear the film has no intentions of revealing its antagonist. Repetitive and unoriginal, The Dead Room is another generic horror film best left on the shelf.

Three ghost hunters arrive at ...Read the entire review

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Tale Of Tales (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71305 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:43:47 PDT Recommended

Tale of Tales Blu-ray Review

Tale of Tales is a fantasy-drama from co-writer/director MatteoGarrone (Gomorrah). It's a film loosely inspired by the book offairytales written by Giambattista Basile. The film is executive produced bySherylCrown, Nicki Hattingh, Alessio Lazzareschi, Anne Sheehan, and PeterWatson.

The film has a big cast of characters coveringthree differentkingdoms. Each story in the film takes place in a different kingdom:Longtrellis,Strongcliff, and Highhills. As with mostfairy tales, the stories told involves some magical and otherworldlyaspectslike dragons, creatures, and more. Throughout each of the interweavingstorylines the fa...Read the entire review

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Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Collection (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71273 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:11:21 PDT Highly Recommended



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Let's face it, folks. Studios couldn't care less about the films we grew up with. They'd rather spin their wheels on superhero flicks, horror sequels, and of course remakes and various other nostalgia projects. So, typically, unless our favorite films from decades past have some sort of modern day tie-...Read the entire review

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Road House [1989] (Collector's Edition) (Blu-ray) Blu-ray http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=71268 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:35:19 PDT DVD Talk Collector Series

THE FILM:

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Rowdy Herrington's Road House sent the 1980s out with a bang with its medley of nonstop, bone-crunching action; brazen dialogue; and miles-from-subtle melodrama. Starring Patrick Swayze in his prime, this masterpiece of cheese may well be one of the most entertaining films of our time. What is there left to say about such a ubiquitous achievement? For starters, there is now a definitive edition of the film available for your home theater. As part of its new "Shout Select" line, Shout Factory...Read the entire review

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