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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: 'Comin' at Ya!'

Came at me, finally.

By Rod Lott September 26th, 2011

I've literally waited 30 years to catch "Comin' at Ya!," a 3-D spaghetti Western whose R rating in 1981 made it impossible for the 10-year-old me to see in theaters. I'm kind of glad I didn't see it then or on home video, because seeing it at the Alamo in a brand-new, digitally restored cut has to be the best way.

With a minimum of dialogue — some 70 lines, according to actor/producer Tony Anthony — the action/adventure plays out a simple, standard revenge story of a guy (Anthony, "Treasure of the Four Crowns") searching for his kidnapped wife (Victoria Abril, "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!") amid the Old West. None of that matters compared to the best use of 3-D in cinema history, because every shot was designed specifically to break that fourth wall. So many things go right into the audience's collective face: bats, snakes, guns, flaming arrows, even a baby's bottom!

It would've made for one of the most memorable theatrical experiences of my life, if not for the bonehead who sat directly next to me. Before a frame even had flickered, he was extremely demanding to the waitress who hadn't yet had a chance to screw up. He then plopped back into the seat and stuck his elbow well into my side and left it there. He also burped openly, exhaled it, and not just once, but all through the next two hours. He slurped up two large Cokes before the opening credits were finished, licked the plastic container of his salad dressing clean, chewed pizza as if it were his last meal, laughed so loud it sounded forced, and generally acted as if he were alone in his living room.

Sadly, this behavior was not limited to this screening. All of the films I caught were rife with people like this, just not all wrapped into one miserable person. You'd think a film festival would attract people respectful, if not wholly reverent, of the filmgoing experience, but no. I guess these socially awkward ones don't get out much. As my friend who's attended many FFs since its inception said, "I'm completely over the whole audience. They've turned me off the whole thing. Way different than it was in the early days."

But again, "Comin' at Ya!": A re-release of the film is coming soon, starting in Texas, so hopefully Oklahoma City will be on its to-wow list. If so, you gotta go freak out your retinas. —Rod Lott

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