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Topic: dvd

Night School

Enroll in Slashers 101.


Horror

Rod Lott
Attention, class, "Night School" is now in session. Today's lesson: how to capitalize on the slasher craze started by "Friday the 13th" without the benefit of having a holiday in your title. This 1981 B movie gets an A for effort, because it does give it the ol' college try.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Play ball! Again!

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 1.

Now that holiday season is into full swing, I’m going to start pimping some DVD releases that should not be overlooked for gift possibilities. While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc.

We start with the “Official 2011 World Series Film,” which hit stores yesterday. I don’t follow sports, but friends who do tell me this year’s World Series was a big deal, especially if you were rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. From what I understand, they had one helluva season, and one that began in a less-than-favorable way. But turnaround after turnaround resulted in — spoiler alert! — the team beating the Texas Rangers and walking off with its 11th series championship, a franchise record.

“Official 2011 World Series Film” relives that championship season in a documentary format that features highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, all narrated by “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, whose mere voice turns women to Silly Putty.

The double-disc DVD is available now ($29.95); a single-disc Blu-ray ($34.95) follows on Dec. 6. —Rod Lott

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The Burning Moon

Phase out this lunatic ‘Moon.’


Horror

Rod Lott
Judging by the hype surrounding the DVD release of “The Burning Moon,” one would think Intervision has done cult-film enthusiasts a solid by preserving this 1997 obscurity for all mankind.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Steel Trap

Bank on it!


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not to be confused with 2007’s Steel Trap, 1952’s The Steel Trap is an obscure slice of semi-noir in a Leave It to Beaver world. That’s exactly why I liked it, and it’s made an overdue DVD debut courtesy of Warner Archive, which probably still has vaults overflowing with this sort of stuff.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dark Shadows: Fan Favorites / The Best of Barnabas

Is the cult hit worth sinking your teeth into?


Television series

Rod Lott
Werewolves, exorcisms, vampires — and how's your family doing?
 
Friday, March 30, 2012

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIII

'XXIII' marks the spot for laughs.


Television series

Rod Lott
Fans won't need much convincing (if at all) to plunk down their choice of currency for a purchase of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIII (that's "23," dummies), because by now, Shout! Factory's rep for packing these boxes with genuine care and irresistible extras is rock-solid.
 
Friday, March 30, 2012

Outrage: Way of the Yakuza

Renaissance man Takeshi Kitano peruses Japan’s mean streets.


Thriller

Rod Lott
A pact is worthless when it exists between two criminal families. Piss one off, and war breaks out. In his 15th directorial outing, Outrage: Way of the Yakuza, Takeshi Kitano examines one such flare-up and its ever-brutal consequences. The gangster world marks material he's delved into before, but so has Martin Scorsese, and Kitano is arguably Japan's equivalent.
 
Monday, April 2, 2012

The Nurses Collection

Nurse! Oh, nurse!


Drama

Rod Lott

Amid this nation's debate over the so-called "Obamacare" plan, one question has been unanswered, until now: "When are Roger Corman's nurse movies going to get a proper DVD release?" As we say regularly on these digital pages, Shout! Factory to the rescue.

 
Monday, April 2, 2012

The Killing: The Complete First Season

Not since Laura Palmer has a televised corpse been this captivating.


Television series

Rod Lott
Who killed Rosie Larsen? No, seriously, who killed Rosie Larsen?

 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Eagleheart: Season One

Pretty arresting humor there, Chris Elliott.


Television series

Rod Lott
Consider the lines "I'm going to T.J. Maxx for a while. I'll catch up with you guys later" and "I always thought it was a myth, like fibromyalgia." Interest piqued? If yes, Eagleheart awaits!
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
 
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