I'm a sucker for overly laudatory quotes, especially from unknown publications.
"The Most Extraordinary Motion Picture of the Century." - Stanley Sucking, The Horse's Breath Wyoming Inquirer.
Which means that I read the two quotes used by Summit (Lionsgate) emblazoned on the John Wick cover...
As Ken Russell films go, his 1988 The Lair of the White Worm, which was released by Vestron, and is now a part of the new Lionsgate Collector's series, falls somewhere south of mid-point.
It's a fun horror film, firmly in the Russell tradition, and is low-budget enough to have gotten made.
Deepwater Horizon Blu-ray Review
Peter Berg's docudrama disaster film, Deepwater Horizon, which chronicles the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, arrives on Blu-ray with a reference quality Dolby Atmos track and almost reference quality video.
Deepwater Horizon is a Blu-ray release that should be celebrated for its highly energetic Dolby Atmos soundtrack. However, before I can even begin to praise the work that has been done on this sound mix, I need to instead rant against those responsible for abandoning Atmos on Blu-ray.
Dolby Laboratories, Lionsgate, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announce Commitment to Release Dolby Vision Titles on Ultra HD Blu-ray in Early 2017
Las Vegas, January 4, 2017—Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B)...
Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon is a film that reminds the viewer that "big business" can easily lose sight of the people working for them, and in doing so, endanger their lives.
The villain here is oil company BP, and the disaster that ensues is totally man-made, and preventable.
Brian Yuzna's teen epic of the undead, interestingly titled Return of the Living Dead III, has been released by Lionsgate, as a part of their continuing Vestron Collector's Series.
Not my kind of entertainment, but it is for many, so I'm please to be able to report that fans will be pleased.
I'm not certain what to make of this film.
Directed by Andrea Arnold, who has unique skills.
The only lead actors are Riley Keough and Shia LeBeouf. The majority, if not all of the other actors were pickups, and appear naturally untrained. Even the nominal "star," Sasha Lane, who plays Star...
The original 1984 C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) is a terrific little horror / thriller about something going on underground, and missing homeless people.
It works because the cast takes it seriously (look for an appearance by a young John Goodman), and the effects work...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 UHD Review
The decision by Lionsgate to split the third book in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, into two movies (a growing trend in Hollywood) may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but Part 1 often feels padded, moving at a much...
Mechanic Resurrection UHD Review
Jason Statham returns as Arthur Bishop in Mechanic Resurrection, a sequel to the 2011 remake of The Mechanic. While more entertaining than its predecessor, it’s still a by-the-numbers Statham action flick.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire UHD Review
With the incredible success of The Hunger Games, it was no surprise that Lionsgate would fast track a movie based on the second book in the series and release it a little over a year later, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Director...
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The Hunger Games UHD Review
Lionsgate's most popular film of all-time arrives on 4K UHD with most of its bonus material intact, despite being only a 2-disc set (1 UHD, 1 BD), and an upgraded Dolby Atmos track. Fans will not be disappointed.
The Hunger Games, to me, the best YA series in recent memory, is of interest here, as during the few years in which it was in production, technology advanced on both visual as well as aural fronts.
The original Blu-rays of the four films (The Hunger Games - 2012, Catching Fire - 2013...
Cafe Society had me perplexed, especially as someone who has been a Woody Allen fan since the '60s.
It's an odd film.
Gorgeously photographed by Vittorio Storraro, in all of the appropriate shades of 1930s Technicolored Hollywood.
But aside from a typically Allen-esqe story, it's difficult to...
Café Society Blu-ray Review
Woody Allen’s Café Society, another of his bittersweet ruminations on romantic roads not taken, echoes with memories of triumphs past, particularly Annie Hall and Manhattan, two films with similar love triangle scenarios.
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Whatever one thinks regarding Mel Gibson's self-created, obligatory exile from the world of cinema, one cannot -- all of the BS aside -- deny either his craft or his star qualities.
Because of those qualities, and his past accomplishments, I'm one of those who is hopeful that he has a long...
Into the Forest, directed by Patricia Roseman, and starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, is a low-budget Canadian production, that should have attracted more attention than it did.
Although never precisely spelled out, it's a post-apocalyptic tale, occurring in the near future, with the...
Now You See Me 2 UHD Review
The Horseman have been tasked with another maguffin in Now You See Me 2, taking the three remaining men and a new female member (Lizzy Caplan) to Macau. Unfortunately, what unfolds is forgettably predictable.
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I thought that Now You See Me was terrific fun.
Now You See Me 2 is also fun, and in precisely the same vein, but a bit less so, as 2 is in many ways, a re-telling for the first, with a few new characters, and some new hi-jinx.
Viewing it, bought to mind the reality of film, vs the illusion of...
Vestron Video Collector's Series Blu-Ray Releases
Chopping Mall - September 27, 2016
Blood Diner - September 27, 2016
Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time - October 18th, 2016
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD - November 22, 2016
Return of the Living Dead 3 - November 22, 2016
Lair of the...
Criminal Blu-ray Review
Criminal does the "transfer a dead man's brain into a living person" genre better than most, but it's still a rather silly premise that ultimately takes itself too seriously. Kevin Costner passed on the leading role in this film several times, and he...