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DVD reviews

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

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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