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    • The Other Woman Blu-ray Review
      Yesterday, 04:17 PM
      A revenge comic farce of noble ambitions but erratic and often tiresome execution, Nick Cassavetes’ The Other Woman does not always make the most of its best... Read More
    • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXX DVD Review
      Yesterday, 01:22 PM
      This 30th collection of episodes from Mystery Science Theater 3000 on DVD from Shout! Factory has some great episodes, but the special features are lacking,... Read More
    • Insomnia Blu-ray Review
      Jul 27 2014 06:48 PM
      Insomnia (1997), Director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s debut feature, is an absorbing and isolating narrative. Bright and harshly lit settings wash the dark and broodi... Read More
    • Need for Speed Blu-ray Review
      Jul 27 2014 02:05 PM
      Great car stunts and high speed street racing with a stunning array of muscle cars and super cars mostly done in real time are the reasons for the existence... Read More

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    Pinned  KEF E-305 5.1 Surround Sound Review

    Nov 21 2013 01:40 PM | Sam Posten in Equipment Reviews

    I was first introduced to KEF Speakers at the dawn of the release of DVD by a neighbor who was both a huge audiophile and a laserdisk fan. At the time I had just gotten my first 'real' job and was intent on building a home theater that would be capable enough to make the new format sing. His set of KEFs was certainly drool worthy but clearly out of my league price wise, and auditioning their lower end speakers was a bit problematic in my area, ultimately I went with another brand but the experience left a lasting impression.

    Read story →    20 comments    -----    Hardware Review, Speaker and 2 more...

    The Other Woman Blu-ray Review

    Jul 29 2014 04:06 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    A revenge comic farce of noble ambitions but erratic and often tiresome execution, Nick Cassavetes’ The Other Woman does not always make the most of its best assets: a very attractive and talented cast and a few scattered ideas that aren’t tied together at all well in a splintered screenplay that drags its comeuppance out to almost unendurable lengths. Fox has offered a gorgeous high definition video transfer for a film that quite frankly doesn’t deserve it, but those three main ladies in the cast certainly get to show off their assets even when the comic mayhem they’re involved in becomes predictable and stupid.

    Read story →    0 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Fox

    Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXX DVD Review

    Jul 29 2014 01:11 PM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    This 30th collection of episodes from Mystery Science Theater 3000 on DVD from Shout! Factory has some great episodes, but the special features are lacking, particularly on two of the later episodes in the set.

    Read story →    2 comments    -----    DVD, Shout Factory, TV Reviews

    Insomnia Blu-ray Review

    Jul 27 2014 06:27 PM | Neil Middlemiss in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Insomnia (1997), Director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s debut feature, is an absorbing and isolating narrative. Bright and harshly lit settings wash the dark and brooding subject matter – a brightness born of the endless midnight sun of the location setting. The story of death, lies, mistakes and secrets, is thoroughly original and unexpected, featuring a forceful performance by Stellan Skarsgård (Thor, Good Will Hunting.) Remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan (Inception,) with Al Pacino and Robin William’s in the lead roles, the original is more assured and unsettling than the American recreation.

    Read story →    3 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Criterion

    Need for Speed Blu-ray Review

    Jul 27 2014 01:49 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Great car stunts and high speed street racing with a stunning array of muscle cars and super cars mostly done in real time are the reasons for the existence of Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed. It certainly isn’t the infant pabulum that passes itself off as a narrative through-line which is as insulting and ridiculous as it’s possible to be. Fine actors are treading water in this mindless action fluff, but those stunts are something to see, and the film’s outstanding sound design does make the viewer feel as if he’s right in the midst of one of these racing demon cars.

    Read story →    7 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Disney

    Dom Hemingway Blu-ray Review

    Jul 24 2014 01:52 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    You can’t keep a good crook down, or at least that’s what the title character in Richard Shepard’s Dom Hemingway would like to think. Loud, brash, egotistical to a fault: Dom Hemingway is one of those fated characters who are the masters of their own misery and yet don’t want to own up to it. The film containing this larger than life character has bits of droll wit, some stylish touches, and some terrific performances, but the second half of the film is poorly written (by its director) leaving lots of dangling threads that, in the criminal world which Dom inhabits, wouldn’t be left dangling for long.

    Read story →    0 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Fox

    Immortal Sergeant DVD Review

    Jul 23 2014 01:26 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    With his innate acting talent and a couple of long term contracts, Henry Fonda assured himself of acting some great roles: sometimes famous (Abraham Lincoln), sometimes infamous (Frank James), sometimes a mix of both (Wyatt Earp), and sometimes an average man caught up in extraordinary circumstances such as he is in John M. Stahl’s Immortal Sergeant. Made right before Fonda enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Immortal Sergeant is an unusual war movie with the expected derring do, of course, but also offering a more thoughtful take on the internal and external components about what makes one a hero.

    Read story →    4 comments    -----    DVD, Fox

    Last Action Hero Blu-ray Review

    Jul 23 2014 10:10 AM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    What goes up, must eventually come down. Such was the case with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career with his pet project, Last Action Hero, an overly long spoof on action movies where most of the jokes fall flat and the action set pieces too over the top for most audiences. Releasing the film theatrically one week after Jurassic Park would seal the film’s ultimate fate. Twenty years later, is the film as bad as most critics made it out to be?

    Read story →    3 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Mill Creek

    Transcendence Blu-ray Review

    Jul 22 2014 04:40 PM | Ken_McAlinden in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, Transcendence, is a science fiction thriller revolving around the concept of the technological singularity. Pfister enlists a big name cast to wrestle with these big ideas. Balancing heady science fiction concepts, action movie tropes, and a central romance would be a daunting task for even an experienced director to accomplish in a two hour film, and Pfister pursues all of those elements with gusto. Does he succeed? Read on and find out...

    Read story →    5 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Warner

    Duel at Diablo Blu-ray Review

    Jul 20 2014 01:02 PM | Richard Gallagher in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    I write this review of Duel at Diablo with a heavy heart, having just learned this morning that James Garner died yesterday at the age of 86. I knew that over the years he had a number of serious health issues. As he writes in his memoir, "I've had ulcers, diverticulitis, an aortic aneurysm, a quadruple bypass, and a hemorrhagic stroke." Still, the announcement of his death came as a shock, in no small part because I just watched Duel at Diablo last night. It is an exciting, violent western which benefits greatly from the pairing of Garner with Sidney Poitier.

    Read story →    5 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Kino, MGM

    Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! DVD Review

    Jul 19 2014 04:51 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    The main pleasures to be lifted from F. Hugh Herbert’s Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! can certainly be found in its talented cast which includes two Oscar-winning character actors even when they are involved in a simple-minded script that concentrates on broad brushstrokes of plotting and characterization. Filmed in Technicolor (of which there are only faint resemblances in the compromised Eastmancolor elements Fox has left itself with) and with some arresting views of farms and streams which bring the rural story into clear focus, Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! makes for passable entertainment.

    Read story →    6 comments    -----    DVD, Fox