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Justified: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review
Dec 17 2013 08:54 PM
Cable stations, both premium and basic, have for some time now been home to many of television’s most exceptional and addictive... Read More
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Blu-ray Review
Dec 17 2013 02:39 PM
Though the first Percy Jackson movie was not a big hit domestically, it did much better overseas which is why, three years late... Read More
Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray Review - Recommended
Dec 16 2013 07:39 PM
Fast & Furious 6 offers tanks to its fans on Blu-ray in an edition that offers the movie in solid high definition and inclu... Read More
Despicable Me 2 3D Blu-ray Review - Recommended
Dec 16 2013 07:37 PM
Despicable Me 2 gathers its Minions onto Blu-ray with a nice edition that provides great picture and sound, along with a few sp... Read More
The Family Blu-ray Review
Dec 16 2013 02:46 PM
Death and destruction as punch lines: that’s the droll premise of Luc Besson’s black comedy The Family. While the story of a Br... Read More
Dec 10 2013 02:41 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
The rapscallion Harry Flashman is quite a British mainstay, made popular in a series of historical fictions by author George MacDonald Fraser. Having had tremendous successes with The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, director Richard Lester brought the same kind of manic energy and drive to the filming of the second Flashman book Royal Flash. Alas, it’s a movie that only works in fits and starts. With a stunning cast of British stars and lots of comic tomfoolery that was Lester’s bread and butter, the movie should be a riot from beginning to end, but things curiously don’t jell as often as they should even if the hard working cast is doing everything they can to make it fast and funny.
Dec 10 2013 10:30 AM | Cameron Yee in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
In one of 2013’s best films, Hugh Jackman turns in an intense performance as a desperate father looking to find his missing daughter. Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective leading the investigation holds his own alongside his co-star’s ferocious performance.
Dec 07 2013 02:24 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
Penny Marshall’s Big is a charmer from beginning to end. An amiable comic fantasy that never puts a wrong foot forward, Big is a tonic for what ails you. It established its lead as the next film superstar, and it brought forth new enthusiasm for Penny Marshall’s directorial talent as well. Now more than two decades since its original burst of box-office glory, Big continues to impress. It has not outgrown its own precious premise. The new 25th Anniversary Edition, however, does not present a new transfer. The packaging is updated, and there is a new insert, but the Blu-ray release of the theatrical and extended cuts remains the same.
Dec 06 2013 02:31 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
After the huge success of The Muppet Movie, it seemed as though the Muppets had become primo movie stars, and the next film happened two years later. However, The Great Muppet Caper and its immediate follow-ups drew increasingly smaller audiences. Years later, the Henson family through Disney brought the Muppets back in a couple of adaptations of classic tales with the Muppets playing supporting roles. Muppet Treasure Island was the follow-up to Muppet Christmas Carol, both meeting with only average audience favor. On home video, of course, all of the Muppet films are favorites of families with their broad jokes and Muppet-infused musical numbers. Both films in this package certainly have both of those prime Muppet elements making for merry, mirthful viewing.
Dec 05 2013 07:25 PM | Ken_McAlinden in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
2013 was a pretty good year for Ethan Hawke with Before Midnight earning him critical accolades and The Purge proving to be a surprise box office hit (relative to its low budget origins). The last and, in terms of critical and box office reception, least of the three theatrical films he top-lined in 2013 was Getaway, produced under the Warner Bros. and Joel Silver affiliated "Dark Castle" shingle. This high-concept car crash genre film came and went from theater screens in September quicker than a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and debuted on home video two months later.
Dec 05 2013 02:54 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
The dyspeptic, codependent mother-daughter conundrum that is found in Grey Gardens has been fascinating viewers for almost four decades. In addition to the Maysles’ 1976 documentary film and its 2006 follow-up The Beales of Grey Gardens, there have been the Tony-winning Broadway musical version of their saga and the Emmy-winning TV-movie biography of the baffling, battling, beatific Beales. It goes without saying that these two simultaneously funny and sad, angry and contented ladies occupy their own special niches in cinematic heaven along with all their cats, raccoons, and a lifetime of memories they’ve left behind for others to savor.
Dec 04 2013 02:46 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
Though the sixteenth season of Matt Groening’s The Simpsons had more than its fair share of hilarious and memorable moments, the fact remains that the buzzworthy nature of the show during its first half dozen years on the air had evaporated by the 2004-2005 season. As always, the show riffs on (then) current events and references outstanding (or sometimes infamous) movies, music, and television shows in telling its stories, and the sixteenth season of the show turned out to be one of its more enjoyable recent seasons.
Dec 04 2013 09:18 AM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 first hit the airwaves. Shout! Factory is celebrating with a big 25th anniversary set, which includes four new-to-DVD episodes, along with two back-to-back episodes that have been long out of print, plus a 3-part retrospective documentary and additional bonus materials, all housed in a limited-edition collector’s tin.
Dec 03 2013 05:45 PM | Ken_McAlinden in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber's We're the Millers is a twist on the traditional family road trip comedy. The "family" at its center is a group of underachieving misfits assembled by a small time drug dealer who is being forced by his supplier to smuggle marijuana from Mexico into the USA. The cast is top-lined by Jennifer Aniston, continuing in the decidedly un-romantic comedy vein she successfully mined in Horrible Bosses, and Jason Sudeikis, her prolific co-star from that movie.
Dec 03 2013 03:05 PM | Matt Hough in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
Previous films featuring the mutant Wolverine have provided us with backstory galore on one of the most celebrated and popular of the X-Men, but we have yet even more backstory in James Mangold’s The Wolverine, and this time it directly links to the twisty plot and ambiguous relationships which are constants throughout this inarguably darker, more disturbing chronicle in the life of the mutant named Logan.
Dec 02 2013 08:29 PM | Richard Gallagher in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
First things first - the Shout! Factory box set of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series appears to have rectified all of the problems which plagued the 2007 set of the show's first 25 episodes, several of which turned out to be edited. The new set contains all 325 episodes (only two of which have been edited due to music clearance issues), the equivalent of roughly 13 years of programming for a weekly television series. Think about that for a moment - 325 original episodes were aired over an 18-month period. The set also includes ten episodes of Fernwood 2 Night, the spinoff talk show spoof which aired from July through September in 1977.