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Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

No Holds Barred

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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

‘It Takes’ a real time commitment ...

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 3.

By Rod Lott December 2nd, 2011

Our holiday season pimping of gift-y DVD releases continues! While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc.

Today, that’s “It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series,” a spy show that ran for three seasons on ABC and helped make movie star Robert Wagner a TV star, too. It’s a shame that he’s back in the news now not for this, but for the ridiculous re-opening of the decades-old case of his dead wife, Natalie Wood, just because some dumbo wants some free publicity for his book.

Anyway, “It Takes a Thief”: Whether you were alive then or not, the look of the ever-lovin’ 1960s lives, breathes and swings through all 66 episodes of this square (in size, not ’tude) box set. No way in hell am I through all 66 episodes of it yet, but it’s a blast from that proverbial past. The retro sets, the beautiful women, the cool soundtrack, the heist-of-the-week plots: They all combine for an experience of A/V awesomeness totaling more than 50 hours of fun.

Wagner’s on board for a bonus interview, as is co-producer Glen A. Larson. The red-and-yellow box opens up to reveal a book to help ease newbies into the show’s vibe of espionage, a frame of film (if you’re into bits of memorabilia) and, best of all (because it’s über-useful), a set of “Thief” coasters.

“It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series” is available now on 18 DVDs, for a suggested retail price of $199.98. Combine those gift cards! —Rod Lott

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