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DVD reviews

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0

Sorcerer

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.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

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
 

‘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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