Blu-ray/DVD review: “Raya and the Last Dragon” (2021)

“Raya and the Last Dragon” (2021) Animated Running Time: 107 minutes Written by: Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim Directed by: Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada Featuring: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh,Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong and Alan Tudyk Sisu: “I'm going to be real with you, alright? I'm not like the best dragon, you know?” Raya: “But you saved the world.” Sisu: “I did …

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Blu-ray review: “The Gambler” (1974)

“The Gambler” (1974) Drama Running Time: 111 minutes Written by: James Toback Directed by: Karel Reisz Featuring: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky and Burt Young Axel Freed: “I'm not going to lose it. I'm going to gamble it.” Released recently for the first time on Blu-ray is the 1970s drama “The Gambler” (1974) featuring James Caan in the central role of …

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Blu-ray review: “High Ground” (2020)

“High Ground” (2020) Drama Running Time: 104 minutes Written by: Chris Anastassiades Directed by: Stephen Maxwell Johnson Featuring: Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey, Aaron Pedersen, Ryan Corr, Caren Pistorius, Sean Mununggurr, Witiyana Marika, Esmerelda Marimowa, Maximillian Johnson and Jack Thompson Moran: “They are calling them the wild mob, brought together by baywara.” Released recently on Blu-ray and DVD is the …

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Blu-ray review: “The Mothman Prophecies” (2002)

“The Mothman Prophecies” (2002) Horror/Drama Running Time: 119 minutes Written by: Richard Hatem based on The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel Directed by: Mark Pellington Featuring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing, Lucinda Jenney and Alan Bates John Klein: “I think we can assume that these entities are more advanced than us. Why don't they just come right out and tell us what's on their minds?” Alexander …

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Blu-ray review: “Bong Joon-ho Blu-ray Re-release” (2019)

“Bong Joon-ho Blu-ray Re-release” (2019) Drama Written and Directed by: Bong Joon-ho Featuring: Lee Sung-jae, Bae Doona, Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha, Park Hae-il, Byun Hee-bong, Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun and Jang Hye-jin Detective Park Doo-Man: “Did you see his face?” [Girl Nods] Detective Park Doo-Man: “What did he look like?” Schoolgirl: “Well... kind of plain.”  Detective Park Doo-Man: “In what way?” Schoolgirl: “Just... ordinary.” …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “The Marksman” (2021)

“The Marksman” (2021) Action Running time: 108 minutes Written by: Robert Lorenz, Chris Charles and Danny Kravitz Directed by: Robert Lorenz Featuring: Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba and Teresa Ruiz Jim: “I don't scare easy.” Released on Blu-ray and DVD is the latest in a long line of Liam Neeson starring action movies in the form of …

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Blu-ray/DVD review: “Minari” (2020)

“Minari” (2020) Drama Running time: 115 minutes Written and directed by: Lee Isaac Chung Featuring: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung and Will Patton Soonja: “Minari is truly the best. It grows anywhere, like weeds. So anyone can pick and eat it. Rich or poor, anyone can enjoy it and be healthy. Minari can be put in …

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Blu-ray review: “Soul” (2020)

“Soul” (2020) Animated Running time: 100 minutes Written by: Pete Docter, Mike Jones and Kemp Powers Directed by: Pete Docter Featuring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Questlove and Angela Bassett Jerry: “So what do you think you'll do? How are you gonna spend your life?” Joe: “I'm not sure. But I do know... I'm going to live every minute …

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Blu-ray review: “Five” (1951)

“Five” (1951) Sci-Fi/Horror Running time: 91 minutes Written and Directed by: Arch Oboler Featuring: William Phipps, Susan Douglas Rubeš, James Anderson, Charles Lampkin and Earl Lee Michael: “He's dead, they're all dead! We live in a dead world! And I'm glad it's dead... cheap, honky-tonk of a world.” Released recently on Blu-ray for the very first time anywhere is …

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Blu-ray review: “The Apostle” (1997)

“The Apostle” (1997) Drama Running time: 134 minutes Written and Directed by: Robert Duvall Featuring:  Robert Duvall, John Beasley, Farrah Fawcett, Walton Goggins, Billy Bob Thornton, June Carter Cash, Miranda Richardson and Billy Joe Shaver  Sonny: “I'm a genuine, Holy Ghost, Jesus-filled preachin' machine this mornin'!” Released recently on the Australasian blu-ray Imprint label is the Robert Duvall written and directed drama "The …

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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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