Reviews - DVD

Portrait of Jason (Milestone Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:43

portraitofjason dvdThe fallacy lies in assuming there is some absolute truth that can be captured on camera and understood by the viewer.

 

The Killer Shrews (Film Chest Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:34

Killershrews dvdThe setup for this film will be familiar to any connoisseur of black-and-white giant creature movies.

   

Ornette: Made in America (Milestone Film & Video, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:27

ornette dvdOriginally released in 1985, this a celebration of the life and music of the great jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman.

 

Violette (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 14 November 2014 01:04

dvd violetteViolette is not a pretty film but, befitting its subject, it’s a strong and intense one.

   

The Last Supper (Random Media, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:04

thelastsupper 75The Last Supper is a real historical epic of the old-school, put-your-money-on-the-screen variety.

 

A Woman in Flames (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:01

womaninflamesThis direct translation raises other questions, too, such as “does a woman really get flambéed in this film? If so, by whom, and why?”

   

Mona Lisa Is Missing (Midair Rose Productions, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:57

monalisamissingMedeiros puts himself front and center in this story, but fortunately, he’s a charming host and travel companion.

 

Boobs: One Woman’s Search for Perfection (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:11

Boobs 75This film offers a view of plastic surgery often neglected in discussions about it in popular culture.

   

Don’t Blink (Vertical Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:01

Dont-Blink 75Don’t Blink is no cinematic masterpiece, but it’s an OK horror movie perfect for home viewing with a group of friends.

 

The Best of The Danny Kaye Show (MVD Visual)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:43

dannykayeWell written, and perhaps a bit ahead of its time, it stands the test of time due to the sheer talent of its host, cast, and writers, not to mention the star-studded list of guests.

   

A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 October 2014 14:46

A-People-Uncounted 75For a subject so potentially fraught with emotion, A People Uncounted is a surprisingly calm film, which is a good thing.

 

The Siege of Leningrad: Hitler’s Army Invades the Russian Heartland (First Run Features, NR) & Führer Cult and Megalomania (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 October 2014 14:05

The-Siege-of-Leningrad 75They make good use of their materials and provide a different angle on the war than you may be used to.

   

Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:31

rude 75Good artists may need to be self-centered, and Rude certainly has that attitude down, but artistic talent, or even artistic success, do not equal a free pass through life.

 

A Haunting at Preston Castle (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:21

A-Haunting-at-Preston-Castle 75Nothing groundbreaking really happened.

   

Sons of Liberty (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:58

Sons-of-Liberty 75The complex plot (and sub-plot), the vast amount of characters, and the advanced, fast-paced, scientific dialogue can get pretty difficult to follow.

 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:31

Mystery-Science-XXX 75If you’re a fan, that’s great, because every set delivers pretty much the same reliable pleasures.

   

President Wolfman (Wild Eye Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:50

dvd President-WolfmanThis is the kind of film that would be lots more fun in the company of a bunch of tripping friends.

 

Fear in the Night/Quicksand! (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:44

quicksandQuicksand! is an efficient film noir for most of its length, and then becomes something else entirely, with a lot of unnecessary complications and a distinctly unbelievable ending.

   

Around the Block (Cinedigm Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:39

Around-the-Block 75Around the Block succeeds at the level of a Lifetime movie.

 

Phantom of the Paradise (Scream Factory, PG)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:29

dvd phantomThe overall experience of the film is so wonderfully weird and unique that you really just have to see it for yourself.

   

Diagram for Delinquents (Sequart, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:02

Wertham noticed that many of the young people who came to his Harlem clinic read comic books, and leapt to the conclusion that the comics had corrupted them. The fact that most American kids at the time also read comics didn’t seem to occur to him.

 

 

Shark Collection (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:39

dvd shark-collectionAs usual, humans are the main cause for the shark’s terrifying reputation.

   

Gangster (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:32

dvd gangsterFerris’s story, filled with drugs, stabbings, shootings, blindings, and other sickly violence, defines him as one of the most feared gangsters in history.

 

Hidden Kingdoms (BBC Earth)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 21 July 2014 13:49

dvd hidden-kingdomsThis pint-sized view of the wild has not been shown very often, and certainly not up close and personal, as it appears here.

   

Detour (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 13:21

dvd detourDirector Edgar G. Ulmer capitalizes on the tropes of noir in a film whose necessary economy in storytelling is one of its great appeals.

 

Orphan Black: Season Two (BBC America)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Monday, 14 July 2014 13:04

dvd orphan-black2No amount of praise is sufficient to reward Tatiana Maslany for the excruciating amount of dedication she puts into her work on Orphan Black.

   

Maidentrip (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 12:49

dvd MaidentripYoung people are sometimes capable of far more than we give them credit for.

 

Peter Brook: The Tightrope (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 12:47

dvd Peter-BrookI can see this film being hugely interesting to acting students, who will be fascinated by seeing the process of preparation that lies behind expert performance.

   

Desert Riders: The Lost Children of the Sports of Kings (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 12:44

dvd Desert-RidersRacing camels is a hazardous trade where broken limbs and even death are not unusual.

 

Being Ginger (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:51

dvd being-gingerCharm goes a long way, and so does a sense of humor; fortunately, the film has plenty of both to spare.

   

Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector (VHShitfest, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:48

dvd adjust-your-trackingIs it smart for 22-year-olds to make a documentary about something for which they weren’t alive to see the heyday?

 

Tiny: A Story about Living Small (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:45

dvd tinyThis is a film that unabashedly celebrates particular life choices, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, those who have made other choices may well feel left out.

   

Nosferatu the Vampyre (Scream Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 12 May 2014 20:34

dvd nosferatuThere are many brilliant moments in Herzog’s film, but also many moments when it goes off track.

 

Boys of Abu Ghraib (Vertical Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 10 May 2014 14:28

dvd abu ghraibThe less pleasant side of the American labels all the prisoners guilty and undeserving of any human consideration.

   

The Strange Woman (Film Chest Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 10 May 2014 14:24

dvd strange womanHedy Lamarr reveals herself to be both bad to the bone and committed to capitalizing on her feminine charms for the worst possible purposes.

 

 

 

Bayou Blue (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 10 May 2014 14:21

dvd bayou-blueInstead of trying to ignite outrage, directors Lambert and McMahon have created a calm film about a terrible subject.

   

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