February 27, 2017
New Reviews: Cinema Paradiso, Bleed for This, and Deadtime Stories
This week the DVD Talk Review Database has some great new entries, including a few discs you may have overlooked. Recent reviews include: Cinema Paradiso - one of those movies that every film lover should see at least one time… many will fall in love with it; Bleed for This - a biopic of Vinny Pazienza is one of the greatest American comeback sagas in sports history… it's real, it's raw, it's sports at their most passionate; and Deadtime Stories - a horror-ish anthology favoring giggles over trembling fear as it skewers childhood fairy tales. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
February 23, 2017
TV on DVD: The Twilight Zone, Girls, and The Love Boat
Interested in the latest TV on DVD reviews? DVD Talk has you covered! This week's notable entries include: The Twilight Zone: The Complete 80s Series - though it can't hold a candle to the original, classic series, there's enough genuinely good material in here to make it easy enough to overlook a few stinkers; Girls: The Complete Fifth Season - the show continues to push its ensemble of characters in unexpected and entertainingly fruitful directions; and The Love Boat: Season Three - more entertaining than one might remember, this show is enjoyable fluff that is nicely executed. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.
February 21, 2017
Notable Releases: Hacksaw Ridge, Mildred Pierce, and The Boy Friend
Some pretty cool discs have made their way to store shelves over the past couple of weeks. Check out these new titles: Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson's big, slick, WW2 combat film tells the truly inspiring story of combat medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and the only one to be awarded the honor during the war; Mildred Pierce: Criterion Collection - one of the most shattering mainstream dramas produced while the Hays Code was in effect, Michael Curtiz' film remains one of his most enduring and effective; and The Boy Friend - directed by Ken Russell in 1971, this take on Busby Berkeley style musical excess is an interesting film and foreshadows the visual excess that Russell will use in his movie Tommy. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
February 20, 2017
New Reviews: Arrival, One Million Years B.C., and The Sicilian Clan
Some great DVD and Blu-ray reviews have been added to the the DVD Talk Review Database recently including: Arrival - Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a limited time to figure out how to communicate with alien creatures whose intentions are a complete unknown… a rare sci-fi thriller that succeeds on a personal and emotional level; One Million Years B.C. - boasting some of the most iconic animation in Ray Harryhausen's storied career, its visual spectacle is only heightened by this exceptional 4K remaster; and The Sicilian Clan - Alain Delon, Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura run amuck in this classy International Euro-gangster epic… exciting escapes, sexy intrigues and top-notch police action make this a highly entertaining thriller. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
February 16, 2017
TV on DVD: Penny Dreadful, Vice Principals, and Chicago Med
More TV shows have made their way on to DVD and Blu-ray, and DVD Talk has got them covered. Check out our reviews of the newest TV releases including: Penny Dreadful: The Complete Series - this show co-produced by Showtime and the UK's Sky channel managed to gather up a decent cult following during its three seasons and now fans can own the entire series; Vice Principals: The Complete First Season - an interesting, sometimes touching version that includes laughs and occasional tears and gets good performances from almost all of the ensemble;and Chicago Med: Season One - this spin-off of Chicago Fire has overly familiar medical dilemmas but also incorporates contemporary American issues along with the latest advances in modern medicine. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.
February 14, 2017
Notable Releases: Steamboat Bill, Jr., The Yakuza, and Wild Beasts
There are some new titles coming out that might make it worth a trip to the video store. Check out these recent releases: Buster Keaton: Steamboat Bill, Jr. / College - bursting at the seams with slapstick, stunts, and star power, these Buster Keaton films are about as entertaining as it gets; The Yakuza - an East-meets-West film featuring great performances, a terrific atmosphere, and no shortage of twists and turns along the way… this engaging drama should easily impress first-time viewers; and Wild Beasts - an animals-run-amok cautionary tale where escaped zoo animals whacked out on PCP wreak havoc throughout a city. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
February 12, 2017
New Reviews: Something Wild, xXx, and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
Check out the latest reviews that have been entered into the DVD Talk Review Database including: Something Wild - an undiscovered gem bursting with relevant sociopolitical commentary and incredibly powerful thanks to Carroll Baker's stunning lead performance; xXx (15th Anniversary Edition) - smart and subtle it is not, but this Vin Diesel-led flick holds up surprisingly well as an over-the-top action film fifteen years after its initial theatrical release; and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth - this movie is a pretty entertaining voyage into the distant past from Hammer Films… the picture is nicely directed, features some great vintage effects work and it's got a decent cast working in its favor. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
February 08, 2017
Recent Notable Releases: Dirty Dancing, Buster Keaton, and Dr. Orloff's Monster
Another banner week for home video with the studios releasing some great films and boxed sets such as: Dirty Dancing - the original Patrick Swayze starring flick is a classic and still makes hearts melt around the world day in, and day out… with this release you get an explosive amount of extras too, that are sure to keep you busy for hours on end; Buster Keaton: The General / Three Ages - with new 2K restorations, both films look and sound better than ever... add in a new commentary on the first feature as well as a host of older extras and you have a great release; and Dr. Orloff's Monster - Jess Franco's 1964 picture is a lot of fun. The movie has got plenty of atmosphere and some great visuals. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
February 06, 2017
New Reviews: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, The Black Society Trilogy, and Battleground
Some cool discs have been reviewed over the past week. Check out these recent entries: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - unfortunately, Tom Cruise seems to be going through the motions in this film and it feels like a sequel that was made more out of obligation than any palpable passion for the source; Takashi Miike's Black Society Trilogy - Arrow's Blu-ray release is a really nice upgrade over past DVD editions that these films have received in North America… the video transfers are quite good and the audio is as well, while the inclusion of interesting commentary tracks for each film and interviews with both the director and Show Aikawa are also well worth checking out; and Battleground - director William A. Wellman an Oscar-winning WWII film bucks convention and cliché, while offering a portrait of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge that is empathetic and believably lived-in. It's terrific. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
February 02, 2017
Movies in Theaters: Split, Gold, and Patriots Day
Check out DVD Talk's latest reviews of movies that are in theatrical release. This week's crop includes: Split [a second review] - as hard as it might be to beleive, director M. Night Shyamalan is back with a vengeance with this psychological thriller hinged on kidnappings and multiple personality disorder; Gold - director Stephen Gaghan and joins with actor Matthew McConaughey in this story of greed and the life of a career salesman made enjoyable by the vibrant talent who inhabits the star role; and Patriots Day - Peter Berg & Mark Wahlberg reunite again to tell the real events leading up to, during, and following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Other recent films include: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, Passengers, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Manchester by the Sea, Things to Come, and Arrival. Check out these, and more, in DVDTalk's Theatrical Review section.
TV on DVD and Blu-ray remains very popular with more and more favorites being released. New TV reviews include: Hairspray Live! - this production of the play (based on the 1988 John Waters film) is entertaining enough and it is impressive that the cast was able to perform it all live in real time; and True New York - this set of five short documentaries is a real find: a thoughtfully assembled collection of well-crafted character studies that are warm and humane, showing some of the real folks who make New York the city that it is. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.