May 30, 2017
Notable Releases: Get Out, Wolf Guy, and Cops vs. Thugs
There are a few new releases that you won't want to miss. Check out these hot titles: Get Out - densely layered and wildly unpredictable, Jordan Peele's debut film is subversive slice of contemporary horror that dares its audience to connect every dot along the way; Wolf Guy - Arrow has done their usual impressive job of giving forgotten films a quality presentation… there’s a lot to like about this film if you enjoy stylish nonsense, street fighting, beautiful Japanese women, and funky beats; and Cops vs. Thugs - featuring showy performances, bursts of violent action, and a supremely 1970s score, there's an obvious over-the-top appeal here and seasoned yakuza fans should certainly enjoy themselves. 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.
May 29, 2017
New Reviews: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Daredevils of the Red Circle, and Willard
Some cool discs have been reviewed over the past week. Check out these recent entries: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: The Criterion Collection - underneath the multihued, vaguely avant-garde playfulness of Jacques Demy's film lies a somber and emotionally lucid tale of love thwarted by distance, military service, and financial stability; Daredevils of the Red Circle - one of the best-ever movie serials, it boasts a great cast, incredible action sequences and special effects, and unusual characters and a considerable deviation from the usual chapter-play formula; and Willard - a strangely beguiling little movie, this is short on horror and photographed little better than a TV-movie yet it also sucks the viewer in and stays with you long after it's over. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
May 25, 2017
TV on DVD: Hawaii Five-O, Inside Amy Schumer, and The Migrants
Interested in the latest TV on DVD reviews? DVD Talk has you covered! This week's notable entries include: Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Series - innovative, unique, and at its best enormous fun… this show had production values and a style that resembled big budget movies of the period, while star Jack Lord and his supporting cast made the series unforgettable; Inside Amy Schumer: Season Four - a brilliant sketch comedy series on Comedy Central that takes aim at a variety of social issues, particularly those that women face; and The Migrants - made for television in 1974, this movie is an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams story is the tale of the working family living through unthinkable conditions as they try to hold on to their personal sliver of the American Dream. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.
May 23, 2017
Notable Releases: Rock Dog, The Expendables 2, and A Dog's Purpose
Several great movies and programs have come out recently, including a few that shouldn't be missed: Rock Dog - a unique production if not an original concept, but a film that is surprisingly good; The Expendables 2 - 4K Ultra HD - sillier than its predecessor, the movie is more concerned with showing off muscled machismo, explosions and ‘so bad they're good' one-liners, but none of this is to the film's detriment; and A Dog's Purpose - the perfect kind of movie to watch with your cute dog video-obsessed grandma… it balances that fine line between a cynical attempt to tug at heartstrings and a genuine examination of why canine companionship matters so much to us. 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.
May 22, 2017
New Reviews: From Hell It Came, The Mephisto Waltz, and Night Has Settled
Some cool discs have been reviewed over the past week. Check out these recent entries: From Hell It Came - the very concept of the title monster leaves one's head spinning: a legendary native god fusing with a wrongly condemned man's curse matrixed with radiation to create an ornery tree man with green blood oozing from a beating external heart and with a thirst for revenge; The Mephisto Waltz - this seventies occult horror pictures is entertaining enough and it features some good acting and nice production values; and Night Has Settled - one of those movies that is simply entertaining to watch mainly because of the engaging performances by the young cast. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
May 17, 2017
Notable Releases: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Making Contact, and Good Morning
Some pretty cool discs have made their way to store shelves over the past couple of weeks. Check out these new titles: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - each installment in this franchise is fun and entertaining, embracing the ridiculous absurdity of the concept while enjoying the bad-assery of its heroine, though this installment is a bit of a dud; Making Contact - an early film directed by Roland Emmerich, this is a weird mix of horror, fantasy and sci-fi clearly inspired by the eighties films of Steven Spielberg; and Good Morning: Criterion Collection - this charming and enjoyable film from director Yasujiro Ozu has no shortage of peculiar characters, memorable moments, and makes great use of the director's distinct low-angle compositions. 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.
May 15, 2017
New Reviews: The Fortune Cookie, Baby Boom, and Woman of the Year
Our reviewers have been busy this week, filling the DVD Talk Review Database more great entries. Some new reviews of note include: The Fortune Cookie - director Billy Wilder's last big hit, it is remembered primarily as the first movie to team Jack Lemmon with Walter Matthau, and was nominated for four Academy Awards; Baby Boom - a wonderful showcase for Diane Keaton's comedy chops, the movie is better than you remember; and Woman of the Year - a romantic comedy drama directed by George Stevens, this is the first of many Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn collaborations and remains as an essential film. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
May 11, 2017
Movies in Theaters: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
It'd be a good week to go to the movies. Here are DVD Talk's recent theatrical reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [a 2nd review] - a wild ride from beginning to end that won't be forgotten or underappreciated when the dust settles; and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - an exciting action-adventure film featuring great special effects, a fun cast, and ultra-fast direction by one of the maestros of the style, Guy Ritchie. Other recent films include: Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty and the Beast (2017), and Split.. Check out these, and more, in DVDTalk's Theatrical Review section.
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: Insecure: The Complete First Season - Issa Rae and an ensemble of welcome new faces bring honesty and relatability to the millennial angst of this show; Ocean Waves - this Studio Ghibli film has finally released in region one… audiences in America can finally see this gem of storytelling and animation; and Mars (2016 Miniseries) - the drama that dominates this six hour mini-series' lifespan is interesting at times due to the solid groundwork laid by science and the short-term future projections that give its foundation a credible base. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.
May 09, 2017
Notable Releases: Saturday Night Fever, Heat, and The Loved One
There are some new titles coming out that might make it worth a trip to the video store. Check out these recent releases: Saturday Night Fever - the movie holds up well… a genuinely solid film that mixes the fun inherent in the disco sequences with some honestly believable human drama; Heat - with its hauntingly cold cinematography, moody score, terrific performances, and let's not forget the mother of all shootouts in its center, this film more than likely represents the peak of director Michael Mann’s career; and The Loved One - this has all the dark and unusual elements to be a cult classic… intriguing, with several wonderfully weird performances, and should appeal to fans of films like Dr. Strangelove and The Ruling Class. 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.
This week the DVD Talk Review Database has some great new entries, including a few discs you may have overlooked. Recent reviews include: Buena Vista Social Club - Wim Wenders and Ry Cooder bring together legendary Cuban musicians for this interesting and engaging documentary; Tampopo - The Criterion Collection - an odd, invigorating delight that basks in the beauty of life through a passion for food… It is unique and wonderful, and any cinephile should seek it out immediately; and Broken Arrow - one of two Westerns starring James Stewart released in 1950 that reshaped the entire genre… rightly praised for years for being among the first big studio films to portray Indians sympathetically. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.
May 04, 2017
TV on DVD: Death Valley Days and Hee Haw
TV on DVD and Blu-ray remains very popular with more and more favorites being released. New TV reviews include: Death Valley Days Complete First Season - the Old Ranger narrates supposedly true stories of the Old West in this worthwhile series that still holds up most of the time; and Hee Haw: The Collector's Edition - while the jokes may be too corny for some to handle, fans of the long-running program will be pleased with this 14 DVD collection from Time/Life. Want more? Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.
May 02, 2017
Notable Releases: Microcosmos, The Expendables, and Caltiki, The Immortal Monster
Another banner week for home video with the studios releasing some great films and boxed sets such as: Microcosmos - a visually stunning and captivating glimpse into the insect world, this film is a hallmark in both the nature and (essentially) non-narrative documentary genre; The Expendables 4K Ultra HD - the 4K version of this high octane action film is entirely faithful to the source, the audio is absolutely explosive, and the supplements are pretty awesome; and Caltiki, The Immortal Monster - a terrific sci-fi horror thriller… an overachieving 'something made from nothing' epic that boosted director Mario Bava's reputation in the Italian film industry. 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.
May 01, 2017
New Reviews: The Scar, Vitaphone Varieties, and The Founder
Some great DVD and Blu-ray reviews have been added to the the DVD Talk Review Database recently including: The Scar - a solid noir thriller aided by a strong cast and some absolutely gorgeous cinematography… the film offers Paul Henreid a chance to play a noticeably darker role than most will associate with him but he does it very well while Joan Bennett steals almost every scene she's in; Vitaphone Varieties Volume Three - there is a lot to like in this collection of shorts from the early days of sound: quality music, oddball novelty acts, and everything in between; and The Founder - this biopic on Ray Kroc, a key figure behind the rise of the McDonald's franchise, is a story about friendships and collaborations that break, sometimes in the face of national and international successes. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.