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Bullet to the Head

Action's once more on the Sly.


Action

Rod Lott
Lines of cocaine, tubes of neon, Sylvester Stallone: Is this 1986 or 2013? In his first solo vehicle since his Expendables comeback, Sly shoots for a Bullet to the Head, but the action film only breaks the skin, so to speak.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Hands of the Ripper

You’re in good ‘Hands’ with Hammer.


Horror

Rod Lott
Following Twins of Evil, another lesser-known Hammer horror show earns a superb, uncut Blu-ray treatment from Synapse Films in 1971's Hands of the Ripper. Not your ordinary Jack the Ripper thriller, it has that legendary serial killer's daughter doing the ripping.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

The Naked Jungle

Red and black antennas waving, they all do it the same.


Drama

Rod Lott
Charlton Heston comes second-billed to eventual Sound of Music baroness Eleanor Parker in 1954's The Naked Jungle. Nowhere in the credits is there room to list the true stars — or at least the reason for watching: millions and millions of mean-ass ants.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Would You Rather

Why, yes, I would!


Horror

Rod Lott
That innocent exchange of tough questions becomes Saw: The Home Game in IFC Midnight’s release of Would You Rather. How I would love to have seen an audience react to this in a theater!
 
Monday, July 8, 2013

Back to the Beach / Hello Down There

Catch the wave!


Comedy

Rod Lott
To enjoy Back to the Beach, one need not have seen 1963’s Beach Party, 1965’s Beach Blanket Bingo or any other entries of the perpetually perky series that paired Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. I hadn’t. Simply knowing they exist is setup enough — and even that’s not required.
 
Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cohen and Tate

‘Tate’ misbehavin’.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Having witnessed a mobster's murder, 9-year-old Travis Knight (Harley Cross, The Fly II) becomes the target of two hit men in 1988’s mostly forgotten Cohen and Tate. Some consider it a cult classic, which I think is going a bit far. It’s only been available on DVD for two years (albeit through MGM’s DVD-R program), but now is on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, so viewers can decide for themselves.
 
Friday, July 5, 2013

It’s another summer TV-on-DVD roundup!

Declare your independence from the heat with these recent recommendations!


Television series

Rod Lott
Not to mention the rest of the summer, but the Fourth of July in particular gives you a great excuse to catch up on television shows you may have missed the first time around. We’ve got seven suggestions new to Blu-ray and/or DVD to keep you and your remote cool, so let's get started! In alphabetical order ...
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blood Runs Cold

Give it the ‘Cold’ shoulder.


Horror

Rod Lott
Blood indeed runs cold in Blood Runs Cold — just not yours, assuming you’re at least somewhat familiar with the rhythms and beats of the “ohmygodhesgotanaxwereallgoingtodie!” subgenre.
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Enter the greatest martial-arts film in history.


Action

Rod Lott
To karate-chop right to the chase, Enter the Dragon is the martial-arts movie to end all martial-arts movies. This comes as news to no one who has seen and enjoyed it over what now amounts to four decades. To celebrate that milestone, Warner Home Video has reissued it on Blu-ray in a handsome 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.
 
Friday, June 28, 2013

The Tower

Flame on!


Action

Rod Lott
I have no idea how South Korea was able to get away with not calling The Tower a remake of 1974’s The Towering Inferno. What's important is that it has; this is a terrific disaster epic that marries the gargantuan concepts of the Irwin Allen era with today’s technology.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Crimewave

We find it guilty ... of being underseen!


Comedy

Rod Lott
I’m the weird guy who saw Sam Raimi’s Crimewave before I saw Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. Four or five times.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Call

Because ‘Rescue 911’ was taken.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Watching The Call was fun, and I suspect it would be even if my 13-year-old daughter weren’t screaming from fright the entire time. It’s exactly the kind of preposterous nerve-jangler Hollywood pulls off pretty well, moving so fast that it hopes you don’t notice all the holes in the plot.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013

23:59

Time for so-so Singapore horror.


Horror

Rod Lott
What we call 11:59 p.m., those in the military call 23:59. What Singapore calls 23:59, we Americans call ... well, same thing: 23:59. Numbers tend to translate very well.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Abracadaverage!


Comedy

Rod Lott
There’s nothing wrong per se with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. It just desperately lacks the edge you know it had to have at some early stage, but lost somewhere in all the tinkering to tailor it to a widest-possible audience. Enough hints of it remain to make the movie worth a watch — perfectly agreeable, if perfectly forgettable.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Come Out and Play

Who could kill a child? Don’t answer just yet ...


Horror

Rod Lott
In Come Out and Play, an arthouse-horror remake of the 1976 Spanish film Who Can Kill a Child?, a married couple on a Mexican vacation from the U.S. finds anything but R&R.
 
Monday, June 24, 2013
 
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