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Sorcerer

Fails to cast a spell.


Action

Rod Lott
William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

No Holds Barred

Lord, 'No.'


Action

Rod Lott
RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homefront

Home is where the Stath is.


Action

Rod Lott
From screenwriter Sylvester Stallone comes Homefront, at one time developed as a Rambo sequel, but somewhere along the way handed off as a vehicle for fellow Expendable Jason Statham. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Darkman

Who is Darkman? It's time you knew.


Action

Rod Lott
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray. 
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Escape Plan

Sly and Arnie, bar none.


Action

Rod Lott
Back in the mid-1980s, when Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were box-office rivals, a true pairing of the two — Expendables ensembles don't count — would have grossed millions of kajillions of dollars. 
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

Short of clues.


Action

Rod Lott

Tsui Hark struck gold with 2010’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, marking a return to form for the Hong Kong director following several lackluster, effects-driven flops.

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Badges of Fury

Purely Expendable.


Action

Rod Lott
Stop me if you've heard this one before: A skydiver, a ballroom dancer and a professional diver all die in the middle of doing what they do best, and with a big, cheesy smile on their faces as they expire.
 
Friday, January 10, 2014

The Wolverine / Prisoners

Hugh times two.


Action

Rod Lott
The Wolverine is the X-Men spin-off we should have received four years ago with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Like the franchise's characters, the first mutation is not necessarily the best; whereas the 2009 version sought to be a comic book, the 2013 error-correcting reboot aims higher: comic book art. 
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Getaway / Fast & Furious 6

Make vroom for only one of them.


Action

Rod Lott
Until now, Ethan Hawke was having a wonderful year. Before Midnight, the third leg of his trilogy with director Richard Linklater and actress Julie Delpy, brought waves of critical acclaim and talk of another Oscar nomination for their collaborative screenplay, while The Purge turned a meager investment into a highly profitable box-office take. 
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bounty Killer

The future looks foxy.


Action

Rod Lott
Ever since I saw Bitch Slap in 2009, I've been on the lookout for another comedic actioner featuring an inordinately sexy woman doing inordinately masculine things. So far, the closest I've found is the new Bounty Killer.
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

The Fugitive: 20th Anniversary Edition

Still runs like a charm.


Action

Rod Lott

Although The Fugitive was a monster hit in the summer of 1993, it seems to have been lost to the ages. It shouldn't. Perhaps Warner Home Video's 20th-anniversary Blu-ray will help see to that. Remember, folks, this movie was up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards — an action film!

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection

Never forget.


Action

Rod Lott

It seems like it was just three months ago that Shout! Factory reissued the four core Bruce Lee flicks that aren't Enter the Dragon … because it was!

 
Friday, August 23, 2013

Flying Fists of Kung Fu / Kickin’ It Shaolin Style

Get your kicks.


Action

Rod Lott
Mill Creek Entertainment, the DVD format’s current reigning master of the budget box set, has unleashed two separate martial-arts collections in Flying Fists of Kung Fu and Kickin’ It Shaolin Style. Containing 12 films apiece from the late 1970s and early ’80s, they account for 34 hours and 50 minutes of your potential viewing time in all.
 
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen

And it can't get up!


Action

Rod Lott
As Aaron Eckhart grows angry and Morgan Freeman pulls strings from the sidelines, a possibly crazy but altogether decent man dishes out some superheroic justice to save the city. The result is an excellent movie, arguably the best of the year.
 
Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Guillotines

Not very sharp.


Action

Rod Lott
Everyone knows — or they do now — that the greatest gimmick in the history of martial-arts movies is the titular weapon of Master of the Flying Guillotine. Therefore, one could surmise that the more retractable blades whizzing through the air, the better, right?
 
Thursday, August 1, 2013
 
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