Blu-ray review: “Breakdown” (1997)

“Breakdown” (1997) Thriller Running time: 93 minutes Written and Directed by: Jonathan Mostow Featuring: Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh and Kathleen Quinlan Red Barr: “Now, before you get any half-baked ideas about calling in the cavalry, just remember we're gonna be watching you every step of the way. And we'll be listening to our police scanners. And if we …

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Blu-ray review: “The War of the Worlds” (1953)

“The War of the Worlds” (1953) Sci-fi Running Time: 85 minutes Written by: Barré Lyndon based on The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells Directed by: Byron Haskin Featuring: Gene Barry and Ann Robinson Radio Reporter: [voiceover] “In the First World War, and for the first time in the history of man, nations combined to fight against nations using the crude weapons of …

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Blu-ray review: “Jiu Jitsu” (2020)

“Jiu Jitsu” (2020) Action  Running time: 102 minutes Written by: Dimitri Logothetis and James McGrath Directed by: Dimitri Logothetis Featuring: Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo,, JuJu Chan, Tony Jaa and Nicolas Cage Released recently on DVD and Blu-ray is yet another straight to home release, “Jiu Jitsu” (2020), featuring Nicolas Cage who seems to be an actor in search of something, …

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Blu-ray review: “Dead Again” (1991)

“Dead Again” (1991) Drama/Thriller Running time: 107 minutes Written by: Scott Frank Directed by: Kenneth Branagh Featuring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy García, Derek Jacobi, Wayne Knight and Robin Williams Cozy Carlisle: “Someone is either a smoker or a nonsmoker. There's no in-between. The trick is to find out which one you are, and be that. If you're a nonsmoker, you'll know.” …

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Blu-ray review: “At Close Range” (1986)

“At Close Range” (1986) Drama/Thriller Running time: 111 minutes Written by: Nicholas Kazan Directed by: James Foley Featuring: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn, David Strathairn, Crispin Glover, Kiefer Sutherland and Eileen Ryan Brad Whitewood Sr.: “Most people who drive through here see farms. Houses, and fields, and shit. I see money, I see things, everything got my name writ' on it!” Released …

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Blu-ray review: “Fire in the Sky” (1993)

“Fire in the Sky” (1993) Science Fiction Running time: 109 minutes Written by: Tracy Tormé based on The Walton Experience by Travis Walton Directed by: Robert Lieberman Featuring: D. B. Sweeney,  Robert Patrick , Mike Rogers. James Garner, Craig Sheffer, Scott MacDonald, Henry Thomasand Peter Berg Lieutenant Frank Watters: “I've been on a case since you disappeared. Where have you been the last five days?” Travis Walton: “I can't remember.” …

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Blu-ray review: “Year of the Dragon” (1985)

“Year of the Dragon” (1985) Action/Thriller Running time: 134 minutes Written by: Oliver Stone and Michael Cimino based on Year of the Dragonby Robert Daley Directed by: Michael Cimino Featuring: Mickey Rourke, Ariane Koizumi and John Lone Stanley White: “The first time I saw you, I hated your guts. I think I even hated you before I met you. I hated you on TV. I hated …

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Blu-ray review: “Ray Harryhausen: Ultimate Blu-ray Collection” (1996)

“Ray Harryhausen: Ultimate Blu-ray Collection” (1996) Fantasy/Sci-Fi Released this month on Blu-ray is an excellent boxset that has one theme running through it, the special effects were all carried out by wunderkind Ray Harryhausen whose name was not only synonomous with stop motion but also influenced at least three generations of film makers who all …

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Blu-ray review: “Yellowstone – Season One and Two” (2018-2019)

“Yellowstone – Season One and Two” (2018-2019) Television/Drama Nineteen Episodes Created by: Taylor Sheridan and John Linson Featuring:  Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser and Gil Birmingham Carl Reynolds: “I hope I never meet the first man who thought it was a good idea to ride a bull.” John Dutton: “I dunno, Carl... First man might be worth meeting. It's the …

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Blu-ray review: “Better Call Saul – Season Five” (2020)

“Better Call Saul - Season Five” (2020) Television/Drama Ten Episodes Created by: Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould Featuring: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito Kaylee: “Go Eagles! Kick ass!” Mike Ehrmantraut: “You don't talk like that. Who taught you to talk like that?” Kaylee: “You did.” Mike Ehrmantraut: “Oh.” Released recently on DVD and Blu-ray is the fifth season of …

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4K Blu-ray review: “The New Mutants” (2020)

“The New Mutants” (2020) Action/Comic Book Adapation Running time: 94 minutes Written by: Josh Boone and Knate Lee Directed by: Josh Boone Featuring: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga Danielle Moonstar: “There's a Native American proverb that says: Inside every person there are two bears, forever locked in combat for your soul. One bear is …

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DVD/Blu-ray review: “Unhinged” (2020)

“Unhinged” (2020) Thriller Running time: 93 minutes Written by: Carl Ellsworth Directed by: Derrick Borte Featuring: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson and Austin P. McKenzie Tom: [to Rachel] “I don't think you know what a bad day is! But you'll find out.” Released recently on DVD and Bluray is the Russell Crowe starer "Unhinged" (2020) that on paper sounds like an interesting …

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Blu-ray review: “The Secret Garden” (2020)

“The Secret Garden” (2020) Drama Running time: 100 minutes Written by: Jack Thorne based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Directed by: Marc Munden Featuring: Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, Isis Davis, Amir Wilson and Julie Walters Mary: "The spell was broken. My uncle learned to laugh, and I learned to cry. The secret garden is always open now. Open, and awake, …

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Blu-ray review: “Lonesome Dove – The Ultimate Collection” (1989 – 2008)

"Lonesome Dove - The Ultimate Collection" (1989 - 2008) TV Miniseries/Western This month sees the release of the "Lonesome Dove - The Ultimate Collection" (1989 - 2008) on blu-ray a huge set that encompasses all that is best about this saga that tells the story of two Texas Rangers in the cauldron that was the …

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Blu-ray review: “The Expanse – Season One – Three” (2015-2019)

"The Expanse - Season One - Three" (2015-2019) TV Series/Sci-Fi 46 Episodes Developed by: Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby based on 'The Expanse' by James S. A. Corey Featuring: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Paulo Costanzo, Florence Faivre, Shawn Doyle, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams and Cara Gee Title Card: "In the 23rd century, humans have colonized the Solar System. The U.N. controls Earth. Mars is an independent …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Salvation: Season One & Two” (2017 – 2018)

“Salvation: Season One & Two” (2017 - 2018) Drama/Science Fiction 26 Episodes Developed by: Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro and Matt Wheeler Featuring: Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Rachel Drance, Shazi Raja, Ian Anthony Dale, Melia Kreiling and Ashley Thomas Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD is yet another semi high concept network who that is attempting to rival streamers and cable channels with …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “The Crown – Series Three” (2019)

“The Crown – Series Three” (2019) Television Drama Ten Episodes Created by: Peter Morgan Featuring: Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Daniels, Jason Watkins, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty, Jane Lapotaire, Charles Dance, Josh O'Connor, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Maloney, Emerald Fennell and Andrew Buchan Queen Elizabeth II: “You were my guardian angel. The roof over my head. The spine in my back. The iron in my heart. You were the compass …

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4K Blu-ray review: “Mulan” (2020)

“Mulan” (2020) Action Running tine: 115 minutes Written by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin Directed by: Niki Caro Featuring: Yifei Liu , Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li and Jet Li Xian Lang: [to Mulan] “When they find out who you are, they will show you no mercy.” Released this week on 4K Blu-ray is the …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Military Wives” (2020)

“Military Wives” (2020) Drama/Comedy Running time: 112 minutes Written by: Rachel Tunnard and Rosanne Flynn Directed by: Peter Cattaneo Featuring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng and Greg Wise Lisa: [about the singing at the very first choir rehearsal] “It was like incantations of a bunch of witches.” Released recently on both DVD and Blu-ray is the English drama “Military Wives” (2020), …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Hammer House of Horror” (1980)

“Hammer House of Horror” (1980) Television/Horror Thirteen Episodes Created by: Roy Skeggs Featuring: Jon Finch, Warren Clarke, James Cosmo, Denholm Elliott, Geoffrey Beavers, Nicholas Ball, Janet Fielding, Peter Cushing, Brian Cox, Diana Dors, Pierce Brosnan, Barbara Ewing and Gareth Thomas Narrator: “Have you ever spent the night in an empty theatre?” Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD …

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