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Topic: Blu-ray

Brother's Justice

Hey, Dax not funny


Comedy

Rod Lott
I know people who would love to see Dax Shepard give up comedy. (They're the kind who would say, "Did he ever start? Hi-ohhh!")
 
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Limitless

Bradley Cooper gets smart in an intelligent thriller about intelligence.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Meet Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper, "The Hangover Part II"), a near-penniless sci-fi novelist with an impending deadline, writer's block and not one word put to digital paper. Then a chance meeting on
 
Monday, July 25, 2011

Stake Land

Bite into this zombie-vampire hybrid.


Horror

Rod Lott
Like the hit "Zombieland" played straight, "Stake Land" follows a grizzled, seen-it-all hunter and his young protégé across a postapocalyptic America riddled with the undead.
 
Monday, July 25, 2011

Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking

Meditate on this: 'Zen' makes for excellent viewing.


Television series

Rod Lott
BBC's procedural mystery "Zen" is so good, it stands right alongside the superlative "Sherlock" and "Luther" in my book. Based on Michael Dibdin's series of 11 novels of Italy's antiheroic Detective Aurelio Zen, the show's first season is comprised of three 90-minute episodes, each at a quality equal to or above most feature films.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Droids for your Droid

Preview the ‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray set on your smartphone.

A long time ago, at a movie theater over there on May, I first saw those words, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” That’s “Star Wars,” you know. While the 6-year-old me loved it, it didn’t define my childhood — or adulthood, as it has so many.

Still, I’m interested to see what else George Lucas has up his sweater sleeves with next month’s release of “Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray. With a street date of Sept. 16, you have several weeks to go, but you can get a sneak peek right now at the set’s 40-plus hours of bonus features via the new “Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access App.”

Available “for all iDevices,” it offers samples of “never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm Archives such as matte paintings and concept art; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more.”

The app is free. The box set costs $139.99 more than that. —Rod Lott
by Rod Lott 08.11.2011 3 years ago
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Meet Monica Velour

XXX marks the dramatic spot.


Drama

Rod Lott
Romancing a porn star: If "The Girl Next Door" was the Hollywood fantasy, "Meet Monica Velour" is the grim reality — comparatively speaking, of course.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011
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Bar none

The ‘Cages’ collection busts onto Blu-ray!

One month ago, I reviewed six films that fall into the grindhouse genre known simply as “women in prison.” Three flicks apiece were part of two new DVD collections: Shout! Factory's "Women in Cages Collection" and Synapse's "Women in Prison Triple Feature.” At the time, picking which was better was like picking your favorite child.

But now I’m going with the former because on Aug. 23, Shout! Factory will release the same set on the glorious, ever-so-pristine format of Blu-ray. This means that Pam Grier’s br -- well, you get where I’m going with that. It must be what God intended when he created high-definition.

For those not attuned to the saucy, sassy style of producer Roger Corman’s wildly successful WIP efforts, Shout! Factory gives you these three safe-for-work clips. Watch. Then buy. —Rod Lott

“The Big Doll House” (1971)



“Women in Cages” (1972)



“The Big Bird Cage” (1972)

by Rod Lott 08.17.2011 2 years ago
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A Horrible Way to Die

A not-so-'Horrible' mumblecore killer thriller.


Horror

Rod Lott
Curses! I've been tricked into watching another mumblecore movie! Here I am, just as I had shaken Joe Swanberg's wretched "Nights and Weekends" from my mind, and "A Horrible Way to Die" dredges up all those dreadful memories of that overly affected anti-style.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2

It slices, it dices, it twices!


Horror

Rod Lott
Underwhelming on first viewing, 2009's "Laid to Rest" has grown on me. Robert Hall's attempt at creating a new horror icon in Chromeskull was a committed one, if not exactly valiant. Ditto for the sequel, which graduates the slasher to top-of-title prominence, "ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2."
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hesher / Just Peck

Grow up, you two!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Two new movies tackle the coming-of-age dramedy in entirely different ways, yet neither succeeds in being particularly moving or reaching its goals, despite some strong moments. Meet "Hesher," which earned a theatrical release, and "Just Peck," which didn't.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011
 
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