Eye of the Needle Blu-ray Review

Richard Marquand’s Eye of the Needle is such a masterfully layered thriller, slow in its exposition and rising ever more gradually to its pulse-pounding conclusion that it deserves to be far more well known than it is.

Central Intelligence Blu-ray Review

Central Intelligence teams massive action star Dwayne Johnson with compact comedy star Kevin Hart in an action comedy blending spy movie and high school reunion movie tropes.  As one might guess from Director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s prior work, the emphasis tilts heavily towards comedy. As one might not guess from […]

The Purge: Election Year Blu-ray Review

A decent enough thriller with political overtones that one can easily associate with the current uneasy climate in our country, The Purge: Election Year comes to Blu-ray with a fine audio and video presentation and enough action and thrills to satisfy undemanding viewers.

The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special DVD Review

Though The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special was broadcast in high definition which is naturally missing on this standard definition DVD, the quality of the comedy is what’s foremost of importance, and this disc serves as a fine memento for those who want to relive this first-time offering of colorized […]

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Blu-ray Review

A typical raunch-infested comedy with all of the predictable twists and turns that such films always include, Jake Szymanski’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates offers fine performers doing improvisational riffs in scene after scene and hoping they paste together to make a releasable movie.

It Blu-ray Review

The 1990 miniseries of Stephen King’s It took on the daunting task of adapting the massive (>1100 pages in my paperback edition) and massively popular (14 weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list in 1986 and 1987) novel into a two episode miniseries.  It was a ratings […]

Salem’s Lot Blu-ray Review

The 1979 television miniseries Salem’s Lot was only the second filmed adaptation of a Stephen King novel (following Brian De Palma’s film of Carrie from 1976).  While its made for TV budget imposed certain limitations on the production, Producer Richard Kobritz wisely offered the project to Director Tobe Hooper who had shown a knack for […]