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DVD Reviews, Film

DVD Review: “The Lost Skeleton Returns Again” and “Dark and Stormy Night”

In 2001, Larry Blamire created a movie called The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, a parody of science fiction films of the 1950s. The movie never...

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DVD Review: Dangerous Dames, Killer Kids, and the Chumps Who Love Them

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics II is one sequel that couldn’t be more welcome this summer. Hot weather goes well with hothouse...

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DVD Review: The Rolling Stones, “Stones in Exile” — Win a Copy!

On May 18 of this year, the Rolling Stones released a remastered and expanded edition of what is arguably the greatest rock and roll album...

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DVD Review: An “Owl” and a “Peacock”

Birds of a feather flock together this week, as I pull from the stacks two recent releases that a) have our feathered friends in their...

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DVD Review: A “Bigger Than Life” Criterion Roundup

Once again Popdose didn’t send me to Cannes, and I imagine Toronto, Venice, and Telluride are off my itinerary. (If you think it should,...

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DVD Review: “British Invasion”

On February 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived in America, and everything changed. When I say everything, I don’t just mean music. The...

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DVD Review: Lad Movies–More “Boondock Saints” and Sherlock Holmes

Flicks don’t get any more testicular than 1999’s The Boondock Saints, a Beantown-flavored slab of Tarantino attitude that emerged as a...

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DVD Review: Michael Sheen, “United” and Undead

I first saw Michael Sheen in his native England, in a 1999 National Theatre revival of John Osborne’s “angry young man” play Look...

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DVD Review: The T.A.M.I. Show

The famous story goes that T.A.M.I. Show (Shout Factory) Executive Producer Bill Sargent wanted the Rolling Stones to close the show. The...

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DVD Review: Chicago, “Chicago Transit Authority” (Quadrophonic Mix)

I don’t think there’s a band on the planet that’s done a more thorough job of repackaging its hits than Chicago —...

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DVD Review: Oscar Losses Don’t Deflate “Up in the Air”

One of the few upsets at this year’s tepid Academy Awards was Precious beating Up in the Air for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film had...

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DVD Review: “Revanche” is a Disc Best Served Cold

Note to self: Sentiment outranks everything else when picking a Best Foreign Language Film winner in the Oscar pool. I’m not-so-secretly...

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DVD Review: “The People Speak”

“To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” Howard...

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DVD Review: “Mellodrama”

In 1978, a band I was working with was recording an album at A & R Studios in New York City. In the studio was the keyboard called a...

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DVD Reviews, Television

DVD Review: “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side”

Spoiler Alert: Some key jokes of this release will be discussed. If you intend to view this DVD, you might want to consider avoiding the...

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DVD Review: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

Flint Lockwood is a good inventor with poor judgment. He can make spray-on shoes and a monkey-English translator, but why? Even when he...

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DVD Review: “Cinematic Titanic Live: East Meets Watts”

Cinematic Titanic is the banner name for comedy writers Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein,...

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DVD Review: The Zombies, “Odessey & Oracle: The 40th Anniversary Concert”

In June of 1967, the Zombies entered EMI’s Abbey Road studios to record their masterpiece, Odessey & Oracle. Earlier that year,...

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DVD/Blu-ray Review: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Ultimate Edition”

The received wisdom was that the even-numbered entries in the pre-reboot Star Trek series were better than the odd-numbered ones. That held...

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DVD/Blu-ray Review: “The Hangover”

I reviewed The Hangover when it was a big hit in June, then watched as it snowballed into a phenomenon. It’s the fourth top-grossing...

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DVD Review: “More Than This: The Story of Roxy Music”

It should come as no surprise that the members of Roxy Music spent time in art school. The band’s interests went far beyond creating...

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DVD Review: “Angels & Demons”

Someone at Columbia Pictures has it in for us. Besides the demolition derby of 2012 the studio also recently released the end-of-the-Earth...

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DVD Review: A Second Look at “Gomorrah”

The Criterion Collection has an agreement with IFC Films to put some of its more noteworthy acquisitions on DVD, and so we have Matteo...

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DVD Review: Robert Redford in “Downhill Racer”

After a more than a decade in Hollywood 33-year-old Robert Redford broke through as a major star in 1969’s smash hit Butch Cassidy and...

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DVD Review: Angels over Berlin in “Wings of Desire”

The extras-rich Criterion Collection version of Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987) is perfectly timed to seize the moment. The subject...

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DVD Review: Knockouts — “Z” and “The Samuel Fuller Collection”

Quick—what won Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards? If you recalled Departures, from Japan, take a bow. Like most foreign...

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DVD Review: Psychos, Tinglers, and More Discs That Drip Blood

Movie ballyhoo is in good shape this Halloween season. The made-for-$10,000 Paranormal Activity has become a runaway hit, thanks to clever...

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CD/DVD Review: Otis Redding, “The Best: See & Hear”

I have to admit to being a little bit torn about this one. Our friends at Shout Factory generally do a great job in bringing us the best of...

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DVD Review: Michelle Pfeiffer in “Cheri”

Michelle Pfeiffer was an Academy Award nominee for Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons (1988), for which screenwriter Christopher...

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Television, TV on DVD

TV on DVD: “New Tricks: Season One”

New Tricks: Season One (2009, BBC) purchase from Amazon: DVD Call it Cold Case for the retired crowd. The BBC’s mystery series New...