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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


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

Even more than meets the eyes

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 4.

By Rod Lott December 7th, 2011

No doubt many a child will be getting this summer’s clankety-clank-clank threequel “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in his Christmas stocking. That’s obvious.

But, parents, don’t overlook the not-so-obvious: Shout! Factory’s release of this season’s other Transformers movie: “Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising.” 

At nearly two hours, the CGI-animated flick is seamlessly comprised of a five-episode series that aired early this year and recently won two Emmys out of six nominations. Among the voice actors in this “epic” tale of Autobots and Decepticons are genre faves Peter Weller (“Robocop”), Jeffrey Combs (“Re-Animator”), Dwayne Johnson (“Fast Five”) and cartoon regular Frank Welker.

Aside from the family-friendly feature film, the DVD includes storyboard animatics and character designs. “Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising” is available now at a suggested retail price of $14.97. —Rod Lott

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