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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

Fantastic Fest: 'A Lonely Place to Die'

George vs. gorge.

By Rod Lott September 25th, 2011
With "A Lonely Place to Die," we have an excellent example of why I neither climb mountains nor go hiking. In the Australian film by director Julian Gilbey (the dreadful "Doghouse"), five bikers (two couples and one fifth wheel), tummies full of smoked-mackerel-and-egg sandwiches, have just embarked on their high adventure when one hears a muffled cry for help.

It's coming from a pipe poking out of the ground. Digging into the earth, the hikers find a little girl, alive, scared and speaking only Croatian. They assume someone with sinister motives put her there and, given the pipe that allowed her to breathe, would be coming back for the girl. They are correct, and they learn this the hard way, because they fail to get out of the peaks and into peace quick enough.

Gilbey's man-vs.-man-vs.-nature tale, however, has no such speed problem. It moves at a consistently rapid pace until the third act, when its "Deliverance"/"The Most Dangerous Game" hybrid throws some new characters into the act to shave the remainder down to a more conventional crime edge. All along the way, however, Melissa George ("30 Days of Night") is our guide, being at once maternal (protecting the kid) and masculine (kicking ass). It's a rather physical role, not to mention mostly stripped of vanity, and George wholeheartedly accepts the challenge.

So should you, for solid suspense. —Rod Lott

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