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BLU-RAY MOVIE REVIEWS

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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Sep 20, 2013 0 comments
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The grand experiment of converting iconic films to 3D for theatrical release and home video market resolutely continues in the hopes of attracting wide audience appeal—recent examples include Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Titanic, and Top Gun. And now we have Jurassic Park. Titanic was the only one that managed to coax me back into a theater, but settling in to watch Jurassic Park at home with my 3D glasses on, I had a peculiar sensation I hadn’t felt in ages—the electric thrill of seeing it for the first time. Having seen it so many times in so many different formats, the experience has almost become passé. But this time, it was suddenly 1993 again and I was actually excited to see this film.
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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 20, 2013 0 comments
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Oscar again made the safe choice for 2012’s Best Picture, choosing Ben Affleck’s blandly competent Argo, virtually ignoring the most provocative film of the year, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. More egregious is that Anderson’s tour de force only garnered Academy nominations in the acting categories. One can’t help but wonder if the film’s Oscar fate would have been different if the subject was any other cult than Hollywood-chic Scientology. One also suspects Argo will occupy a place in film history closer to How Green Was My Valley, Ordinary People, and Driving Miss Daisy than to Citizen Kane, Raging Bull, or Do the Right Thing.
Josef Krebs Posted: Sep 17, 2013 0 comments
World War Z, Fear Eats the Soul— The Horror Continues: Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, Bates Motel: Season 1, Autumn Sonata, Behind the Candelabra, and more.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Sep 14, 2013 0 comments
The small screen serves up some big drama in these three TV-on-Blu-ray releases, from Liberace to slave revolt to big-city vigilante justice.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2013 0 comments
Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek: Stardate Collection, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Parade’s End, La Cage aux Folles, Marathon Man.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Sep 05, 2013 0 comments
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Peter Jackson gave the world a beloved, wildly successful film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, culminating in a record-breaking Oscar sweep, so of course, he was the obvious choice to helm the Hobbit prequels. But whereas the Rings trilogy made a newbie like me love it with its epic thrills and fascinating characters, An Unexpected Journey seems to be in love with its own familiar world and everyone in it. We meet a younger Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit happily minding his own business when the wizard Gandalf drafts him for a dangerous quest.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2013 0 comments
The Hour: Seasons 1&2, Now You See Me, Revolution: Season 1, Cockneys vs Zombies, Person of Interest: Season 2, The Iceman, Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 1, Stories We Tell, The Office: Season 9.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 30, 2013 0 comments
Father and son Miyazakis craft another touching tale, Helen Mirren shines as a capable cop, and all hell breaks loose in an offbeat World War II gorefest.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2013 0 comments
The Great Gatsby, Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection, To Be or Not to Be, The Walking Dead: Season 3, And Then There Were None, Kon-Tiki, Pain & Gain.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 22, 2013 0 comments
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Steven Spielberg’s long-rumored dream project—bring- ing the factual, Holocaust-set book Schindler’s Ark to the screen—finally arrived to great acclaim in 1993, culminating in Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Picture, and more. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is a clever civilian businessman and a bit of a cad who achieves a fortune by manufactur- ing pots and pans for the German army during World War II. His secrets? World-class schmoozing and an unpaid legion of Jewish laborers. He has no love of the Nazis or their agenda, but as he bears witness to their escalating atrocities, he is reluctantly moved to become a champion of his ill-fated workforce. His steps are small at first, ultimately leading to the creation of a list of more than 1,000 names of people to be kept at his factory instead of sent to concentration camps or gas chambers. This decision winds up costing Schindler all of his vast wealth, but his selfless act made history. It’s a profound tale told with great passion and indelible images.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments
Boardwalk Empire: Season 3, Shadow Dancer, Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Amour, Killing Season, The Big City (Mahanagar) & Charulata (The Lonely Wife)
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 16, 2013 0 comments
An Italian language Cannes winner, another terrific Justice League adventure and a long-lost Rock Hudson gem make their Blu-ray debuts.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 14, 2013 0 comments

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You know that old saying, “Life begins after 40”? Well, it’s true. That’s because it’s the exact moment when you become aware of your own mortality. In your twenties and thirties, you’re still technically invincible as far as you’re concerned and blissfully naive, but when 40 hits, it’s “Holy crap, I’m gonna die!” Suddenly you’re on numerous prescription medications and seeing far more of your doctor than you’d like; proctology exams, mammograms, prostate checks, pap smears, the works.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 14, 2013 0 comments
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Four of the 10 Best Picture winners of the ’60s were musicals, but as Hollywood transitioned to a post–Easy Rider era, they had to make even song-and-dance extravaganzas more relevant. And so in 1972, Cabaret redefined what a movie musical could be.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 13, 2013 0 comments
Shane, Olympus Has Fallen, The Company You Keep, Seconds, Emperor, The Damned.

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