DVD review: “The Bill: Series 1 – 4” (1983-1988)

“The Bill: Series 1 - 4” (1983-1988) Television Eighty-four Episodes Created by: Geoff McQueen Featuring: Mark Wingett, Gary Olsen, Trudie Goodwin, Peter Dean, Robert Pugh, Colin Blumenau, Jon Croft, Gary Hailes, Colin McCormack, Chris Jenkinson, Richard Huw, John Salthouse, Jon Iles and Paul McKenzie PC Jim Carver: “Bradford? She's got about as much community spirit as Adolf Hitler.” Re-released recently in repackaged cases is the …

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Blu-ray review: “A Place in the Sun” (1951)

“A Place in the Sun” (1951) Drama Running time: 122 minutes Written by: Michael Wilson and Harry Brown based on An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser Directed by: George Stevens Featuring: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters,  Anne Revere and Raymond Burr George Eastman: “I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I've even loved you …

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Blu-ray review: “Night Falls on Manhattan” (1996)

“Night Falls on Manhattan” (1996) Drama Running time: 109 minutes Written by: Sidney Lumet based on the novel Night Falls on Manhattan by Robert Daley Directed by: Sidney Lumet Featuring: Andy Garcia, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, Lena Olin, Ron Leibman and Richard Dreyfuss Sean Casey: “You were a cop, Joe. Now you're a garbage! You are nothing!” Released recently on blu-ray is …

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Blu-ray review: “When Worlds Collide” (1951)

“When Worlds Collide” (1951) Science Fiction Running time: 83 minutes Written by: Sydney Boehm based on the book When Worlds Collide by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie Directed by: Rudolph Maté Featuring: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen and John Hoyt Dr. Emery Bronson: “If our calculations prove to be correct, this will be the most frightening discovery of all time.” Released on Blu-Ray …

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DVD review: “Fraggle Rock – Collection Two “ (1985-1986)

“Fraggle Rock – Collection Two “ (1985-1986) Television Thirty-five Episodes Created by: Jim Henson Featuring: Gerry Parkes, Fulton Mackay, John Gordon Sinclair, Simon O'Brien, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell, Richard Hunt and Jim Henson Pa Gorg: “Junior, are you sure this isn't another one of your dumb hair-brained schemes?” Junior Gorg: “No, Pa, this is one of my smart hair-brained schemes!” Released recently on …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Anna” (2020)

“Ava” (2020) Action/Thriller Running time: 96 minutes Written by:  Matthew Newton  Directed by:  Tate Taylor Featuring: Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Common, Geena Davis, Colin Farrell, Ioan Gruffudd and Joan Chen [to Ava, referring to the next assassination job]Duke: “So this one could be tricky. The approach should be flirty but classy. Anything aggressive is going to scare the General off.” Released recently on Blu-ray/DVD is …

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Trailer: “Monster Hunter” (2020)

Trailer: “Monster Hunter” (2020) A new trailer for the film adaptation of the “Monster Hunter” video game franchise has gone online ahead of the film’s release which is now set for a December 30th theatrical run. https://videopress.com/v/UeeeaKxn?preloadContent=metadata Paul W.S. Anderson (“Resident Evil,” “Mortal Kombat”) directs the feature which begins when an unexpected sandstorm transports Lt. …

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4K Blu-ray review: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” (2020)

“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” (2020) Action Running time:109 minutes Written by: Christina Hodson Directed by: Cathy Yan Featuring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong and Ewan McGregor Harley Quinn: “Oh hey, you're that singer no one listens to.” Dinah Lance: “Oh hey, you're the asshole no one likes.” Critical Commentary …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Ghost Story (Circle Of Fear)” (1972-1973)

“Ghost Story (Circle Of Fear)” (1972-1973) Television Twenty-three Episodes Produced by: William Castle Featuring: Helen Hayes, Jason Robards, Patricia Neal, William Windom, Gena Rowlands, Carolyn Jones, Melvyn Douglas, Tyne Daly, David Soul, Karen Black and Jodie Foster Released recently on Blu-ray and DVD is the short lived anthology series “Ghost Story (Circle Of Fear)” (1972-1973) that dipped its toes into horror and fantasy with some truly great character actors appearing …

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DVD review: “Foyle’s War” (2002-2015)

“Foyle's War” (2002-2015) Television Twenty-eight Episodes Created by: Anthony Horowitz Featuring: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell Samantha Stewart: [to Foyle and Milner] "What you both need is a jolly good murder!" Recently re-released on DVD is the television series “Foyle's War” (2002-2015), it was essentially a murder mystery series taking place mostly in England during World War II. …

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DVD review: “Good Girls: Season Two” (2019)

"Good Girls: Season Two" (2019) Television/Drama Twelve Episodes Created by: Jenna Bans Featuring: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Isaiah Stannard and Matthew Lillard Jane Boland: [narrating] “Girls today can be anything. CEO, Olympic gold medalist, even a Supreme Court Justice. We've finally broken that glass ceiling. And, wow, sure looks good from the top.” "Good …

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DVD review: “Sea Fever” (2019)

"Sea Fever" (2019) Horror Running time: 95 minutes Written and directed by: Neasa Hardiman Featuring: Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott and Connie Nielsen Gerard: [on the corpse strewn boat] "Sea Fever; One Of Them Gets It... Then spreads it around." Siobhán: "Doesn't explain his eyes." Released recently on DVD is the horror "Sea Fever" (2019) a mostly set at …

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DVD review: “Lewis: Season 1 – 5 ” (2006-2015)

“Lewis: Season 1 - 5 ” (2006-2015) Television Twenty Episodes Created by: Colin Dexter Featuring: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Rebecca Front, Clare Holman, Angela Griffin and Steve Toussaint [examining the scene of a murder - the victim has been hit over the head with a large mirror] Dr. Laura Hobson: “The jugular vein and carotid arteries were sliced right through.” DS James Hathaway: “By a …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “The Carpetbaggers” (1964)

“The Carpetbaggers” (1964) Drama Running time: 150 minutes Written by: John Michael Hayes Directed by: Edward Dmytryk Featuring: George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Bob Cummings, Martha Hyer, Elizabeth Ashley, Lew Ayres, Martin Balsam, Ralph Taeger, Archie Moore, Leif Erickson and Carroll Baker Jonas Cord: “What do you want to see on your honeymoon?” Monica Winthrop: “Lots of lovely ceilings!” Released recently on DVD and Blu-ray is the now …

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DVD review: “Men behaving badly” (1992-2014)

“Men Behaving Badly” (1992-2014) Television Comedy Forty-two Episodes Created by: Simon Nye Featuring: Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey, Leslie Ash, Caroline Quentin and Harry Enfield Tony: "Why does Dorothy still live with her parents?" Gary Strang: "Her Mother keeps threatening to kill herself if she moves out, I think she should risk it." Some shows remain popular for years and always seem …

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DVD review: “Robin’s Nest” (1977-1981)

“Robin’s Nest” (1977-1981) Television Comedy Forty-eight Episodes Created by: Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer Featuring: Richard O'Sullivan, Tony Britton, Tessa Wyatt and David Kelly Robin: "Can you fill up the salt please Albert."  Albert: "It'll take me a while to get the salt through the hole." Released in the next two weeks is a comedy series that lasted six series in the form …

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DVD review: “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” (2020)

“Cosmos: Possible Worlds ” (2020) Television/Documentary Thirteen Episodes Written & Directed by:  Ann Druyan and Brannon Braga Featuring: Neil deGrasse Tyson Ann Druyan: “A world that tiny cannot possibly be the center of a cosmos of all that is, let alone the sole focus of its creator. The pale blue dot is a silent rebuke to the fundamentalist, the …

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Trailer: “The Stand” (2020)

CBS All Access has released the full trailer for their nine-episode series adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel “The Stand” which launches December 17th. https://videopress.com/v/c33Tc3so?preloadContent=metadata Josh Boone and Ben Cavell are the producers behind the series in which a computer error in a Defense Department laboratory leading to a pandemic and a bleak …

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New Trailer: David Fincher’s “Mank” (2020)

“Mank” (2020) Netflix has released the first trailer for “Mank” which arrives on the streamer on December 4th following a theatrical run in November. https://videopress.com/v/8UGS6pIF?preloadContent=metadata The story sees 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish the screenplay of …

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Blu-ray review: “Trolls World Tour” (2020)

“Trolls World Tour” (2020) Animation Running time: 90 minutes Written by:  Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Elizabeth Tippet, Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky Directed by:  Walt Dohrn Featuring:  Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ozzy Osbourne, James Corden, Ron Funches, Kelly Clarkson, Anderson Paak, Sam Rockwell, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Ramos, Gustavo Dudamel, Kunal Nayyar, Icona Pop, Ester Dean, Flula Borg, J Balvin, Jamie Dornan, Red Velvet, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi and Kenan Thompson Cloud Guy: “Anyhoo, what Poppy and …

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