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    • Maleficent Blu-ray Review
      Yesterday, 02:17 PM
      An alternative point of view retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent might not quite have the enchantment and delicate mag... Read More
    • The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray Review
      Yesterday, 07:29 PM
      Just in time for Halloween, Scream Factory follows up its excellent and entertaining box set The Vincent Price Collection with a box set of seven more films... Read More
    • The Lieutenant Wore Skirts DVD Review
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      After scoring a hit recreating his Tony-winning Broadway role in the movie version of The Seven-Year Itch (though its popularity was probably more ascribed t... Read More
    • Edge of Tomorrow Blu-ray Review
      Oct 21 2014 06:33 PM
      No, you’re not caught in a time loop. This is indeed a third – almost entirely different – HTF review of Doug Liman’s sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise... Read More

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    Dragonfly Squadron 3-D Blu-ray Review

    Oct 17 2014 10:47 AM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Filmed natively in 3D as the 1950s 3D craze was winding down, Dragonfly Squadron was unfortunately only released theatrically in 2D. The 3-D Film Archive has now meticulously restored this “lost classic” to its originally intended 3-D glory, as well as correcting misalignment issues that often plagued 3-D films from this era, with outstanding results.

    Read story →    6 comments    -----    Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Olive Films

    Snowpiercer Blu-ray Review

    Oct 16 2014 02:15 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer for once offers a dystopian-themed story that is not just about gloom and doom but rather about hope and the renewal of the human spirit. In a series of thrilling adventures set on-board a bullet train in the near future, surprises abound, characters rise to the challenges they face, and themes of class struggle and survival keep things not only interesting but also distinctly profound. The director’s individual touch on the story and its unveiling is unmistakably his own, and it draws the viewer in so that two hours passes like ten minutes.

    Read story →    4 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Anchor Bay, Weinstein

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman Blu-ray Review

    Oct 15 2014 02:06 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    For millions of Baby Boomers, the ninety-one installments of “Peabody’s Improbable History” contained within five years of Rocky & His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show constitute some of the most cherished of childhood memories. Filled with the pun and parody antics of two beloved characters a genius dog and his boy, the shorts were fast, hilariously funny, and even tipped with some historical awareness. Dreamworks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman tries its hardest to recapture the magic of those bygone animated gold nuggets, but the results are often as tiresome as they are terrific, and the filmmakers’ desperation to appeal to a more frantic, attention-starved generation of viewers throws off kilter the wittier, more intelligent moments inherent in the material.

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

    X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray Review

    Oct 14 2014 01:55 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Having directed the first two (and the best two) X-Men films, Bryan Singer now returns to the franchise in the interesting and complex X-Men: Days of Future Past. Combining many of the cast members from the original films with the younger versions of the characters who were found in the excellent X-Men: First Class, Singer and company have turned out a first-rate comic book adventure tale featuring a time travel story that doesn’t make one’s eyes roll and riddled with exciting ways to reunite so many beloved characters from this most emotional and humanistic of the Marvel franchises.

    Read story →    4 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Fox

    My Darling Clementine Blu-ray Review

    Oct 13 2014 06:45 PM | Neil Middlemiss in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    When legend becomes fact - Print the legend.” That line, from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, surely could be applied to almost every iteration of Wyatt Earp’s life presented on the big screen. When the story, regardless of veracity, is embraced and repeated so often that it becomes all that is known of a person or an event, the legend has indeed become ‘fact.’ My Darling Clementine may contain more truths about this thin slice of Marshall Earp’s life, from John Ford’s meeting with Earp and he recalling of the O.K. Corral gunfight, than other films that have sharpened and emboldened Earp’s image (his legend,) but a reverence to the man remains companioned with a more measured approach to exploring who Wyatt Earp was.

    Read story →    8 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Criterion

    The 100: The Complete 1st Season Blu-ray Review

    Oct 12 2014 02:02 PM | Brendan Surpless in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Similar to the concept of the Will Smith film, After Earth, WB's The 100 takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in which the Earth has been abandoned following a war that left the planet soaking in radiation. The Ark is now Humankind's home, having been cobbled together from many different nationalities' space stations.

    Read story →    0 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Warner, TV Reviews

    American Horror Story: Coven Blu-ray Review

    Oct 12 2014 01:17 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    It's another seventeen Emmy nominations for the third season of FX's American Horror Story as the miniseries scored another record-breaking ratings year for the franchise. Subtitled Coven, this year's frightful fun fest does indeed concentrate on witchcraft both dark and mysterious, but with the continual struggles for power within the coven and conflict from outside it from other competing forces of evil, there's more than a touch of camp this year making for a lighter overall air of mischief this season than in the previous two. For some, that will be a blessing, but for others, it is a slightly disappointing turn toward lighter material that sometimes didn't allow the series to live up to its name.

    Read story →    1 comments    -----    Blu-ray, Fox, TV Reviews

    Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume 3 DVD Review

    Oct 10 2014 04:38 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Because the ratings continued to be so high for their series of Perry Mason TV-movies, NBC commissioned three films each to be made during the calendar years of 1990 and 1991. Thus Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, and William R. Moses were kept professionally occupied churning out these ninety-minute tele-films which, even if they seem a bit padded today compared to the compact and gripping TV episodes from the 1950s and 1960s, still manage to keep viewers transfixed by the continuing adventures of their favorite criminal defense attorney. The third volume of Perry Mason adventures contains some of the best in the entire series.

    Read story →    2 comments    -----    DVD, Paramount, TV Reviews

    Alex & the Gypsy DVD Review

    Oct 09 2014 01:31 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Stars Jack Lemmon and Genevieve Bujold are at the mercy of poor writing and lackluster direction in John Korty’s Alex & the Gypsy. Attempting something offbeat and quirky in the way of a romantic comedy-drama, the director and his screenwriter have come up short in plotting an unmotivated mess that never engages the viewer, and the stars are thus scuttled with little to play worth watching and none of it very entertaining or endearing.

    Read story →    2 comments    -----    DVD, Fox

    Yankee Doodle Dandy Blu-ray Review

    Oct 09 2014 07:20 AM | Richard Gallagher in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Yankee Doodle Dandy is one of the finest musical biopics ever to come out of Hollywood, and it is now available in a stunningly beautiful Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive.

    Read story →    8 comments    -----    Warner, Blu-ray

    Edge of Tomorrow Blu-ray 3D Review

    Oct 08 2014 04:24 PM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

    Every summer movie season, there’s one movie that, despite good word of mouth, fails to deliver at the box office. Last summer, it was Pacific Rim from director Guillermo del Toro. This summer, it was Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow, which failed to fill movie houses despite the presence of Tom Cruise in the starring role.

    Read story →    4 comments    -----    Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Warner