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Need for Speed Blu-ray Review

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Although the racing sequences will please fans of the genre, Need for Speed’s predictable plot and lackluster pacing grind the film to a halt. The movie becomes an exercise in waiting for the next action spot with no suspense in how everything will turn out by the time the end credits roll.Based on the hit […]

Noah Blu-ray Review

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Although it is weighed down by its script and pacing, director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah features dazzling visual effects and action sequences that make the film feel truly epic. The film straddles the line of Biblical tale and full on fantasy, but manages to be entertaining if the audience is willing to give it a chance.Very […]

Winter’s Tale Blu-ray Review

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With supernatural elements that bring the classic good vs. evil story to the screen and an impressive cast, Winter’s Tale should have been a great film. Instead, the movie is weighed down by a confusing plot that doesn’t live up to expectation, a lot of overacting, and a very slow moving pace.With that said, the […]

James Clavell’s Shogun Blu-ray Review

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Sporting beautiful cover art, the classic television miniseries James Clavell’s Shogun has arrived on Blu-ray looking incredible and loaded with enough bonus features to make it truly worth the purchase price. The series does feel a tad dated on Blu-ray, but the costume design and sets still manage to capture the essence of Clavell’s novel […]

Anchor Bay Away At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Schedule and Details

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Anchor Bay Entertainment – like the rest of the free world – is at the 2014 Comic Con in San Diego!Gladiators, Walkers, Pirates, Serial Killers and Marv… Anchor Bay Entertainment Stalks 2014 San Diego Comic Con!Where to be? San Diego Comic Con International – Booth #4037 on Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27thWhether you’re […]

Detective Noir, UK – Hinterland, Case Histories

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Hinterland Series 1 available on Acorn July 1Case Histories Series 2 available on Acorn July 17         Jason Isaacs in Case Histories, Series 2, BBCThere’s a great gag in the Case Histories Episode Jackson and the Women in which soldier turned PI Jackson Brodie visits an old girlfriend on the set of her new film.  She […]

Alexander: The Ultimate Cut Blu-ray Review

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Oliver Stone’s historical epic Alexander returns to Blu-ray in a new Ultimate Cut set – which features the theatrical cut and ultimate cut of the film. The discs are housed in a beautiful box that includes The Art of Alexander hardback book and other goodies to help justify the price of the re-release.The Art of […]

3 Days to Kill Blu-ray Review

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3 Days to Kill manages to have some decent action sequences and a few laughs, but the film is a misfire for Kevin Costner and director McG.Written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak, the film sees Costner joined by a talented cast including Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Richard Sammel, and Eriq Ebouaney.Opening with […]

Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

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Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles proved not all westerns have to be serious and managed to show just how far the iconic director could push the envelope. The film manages to offend just about everyone possible, but you can’t help but laugh – even if you kind of feel like you shouldn’t be laughing. Celebrating the […]

John Wayne: The Epic Collection DVD Review

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Housing 40 films on 38 discs, John Wayne: The Epic Collection is an incredible treat for any fan of the screen icon, and features a wide variety of Wayne’s films over his incredible film career. The films are a collection of Wayne’s Warner Bros. and Paramount titles, and range from his biggest releases to his […]

I, Frankenstein Blu-ray Review

Aaron Eckhart ("Adam") stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's I, FRANKENSTEIN. Courtesy of Lakeshore Entertainment and Lionsgate.

Although it features a fast pace and some great action sequences, I, Frankenstein fails to live up to the potential of the film’s story elements. The use of a war between gargoyles and demons is great, but Frankenstein’s monster Adam feels too bland to truly matter. The film might have been better if it left […]

The Wolf of Wall Street Blu-ray Review

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With The Wolf of Wall Street, director Martin Scorsese has created a movie the audience either loves or completely hates. The film pushes the limits of just about everything you can and can’t do in a big-budget Hollywood film and seems to celebrate debauchery, or at least how it was defined by the 1980′s stock […]

Homefront Blu-ray Review

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Although it sports a solid cast and features a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Homefront comes across as a generic action film with a plot so familiar it is impossible to care about the characters. Homefront has some decent action sequences, but it is nothing audiences haven’t seen from any other Jason Statham flick.Based on Chuck […]

The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review

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The story of Mowgli and his jungle friends has arrived on Blu-ray in a new Diamond Edition that is packed with bonus materials to make it worth buying. Like past releases under the “Diamond Edition” banner, the classic film has been digitally re-mastered for Blu-ray and also includes a new introduction from Diane Disney Miller […]

Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham DVD Review

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Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham collects 13 episodes of the computer-animated television series that originally aired on Cartoon Network. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and took the place of the better Batman: The Brave and the Bold.Beware the Batman once again goes back to Batman’s darker roots and more or less […]

Ender’s Game Blu-ray Review

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Although the film might seem a tad formulaic and the ending a bit of a letdown, Ender’s Game is visually stunning, features an engaging plot, and is well-worth taking the time to watch. The story manages to keep the audience hooked, but the ending feels a bit like a letdown after all the time spent […]

Oldboy Blu-ray Review

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Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake fails to live up to the greatness of the Park Chan-wook’s original film, but does manage to match some of its grit. Lee doesn’t shy away from the story’s violence or disturbing plot twists. The talented director just never gives the film a way to stand on its own and be […]

Gravity Blu-ray Review

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Outstanding visual effects and an incredible performance from Sandra Bullock make Gravity one of the best films of the year. The movie has the ability to quickly draw the audience into the story and then keep you on the edge of your seat until the final credits roll.Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (who shared writing duties […]

Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray Review

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Thor: The Dark World is simply a blast to watch. The film is filled with great action sequences; a pace that keeps the audience hooked on what is happening on screen; and a great ensemble cast. The plot does a great job of broadening Thor’s world while continuing to lay groundwork for other Marvel characters […]

Rocky: Heavyweight Collection Blu-ray Review

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Thanks to a new transfer of the original film and the addition of the new 8mm Home Movies of Rocky (1975), the Rocky: Heavyweight Collection is worth the purchase price if you are a fan of the franchise or don’t already own the collection.All six films are housed in a solid case that fits inside […]