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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DVD review: “Summerland” (2020)

“Summerland” (2020) Drama Running Time: 99 minutes Written and directed by: Jessica Swale Featuring: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx, Siân Phillips, Penelope Wilton and Tom Courtenay Mr. Sullivan: “Bad news is bad news no matter how you tell it. There's nothing makes it easier.” Released recently on DVD is, “Summerland” (2020), the latest film featuring Gemma Arterton in a World War …

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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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DVD review: “It’s a Sin” (2021)

“It’s a Sin” (2021) Television/Drama Five Episodes Written and created by: Russell T Davies Featuring: Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Lydia West and Nathaniel Curtis “It’s a, it’s a, it’s a, it’s a sinIt’s a sinEverything I’ve ever doneEverything I ever doEvery place I’ve ever beenEverywhere I’m going to IIt’s a sin” – Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin …

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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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DVD review: “The Trip to Greece” (2020)

"The Trip to Greece" (2020) Television/Drama/Comedy Created by: Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Directed by: Michael Winterbottom Featuring: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Steve Coogan: "Originality is overrated." Released on DVD recently is the television version of the fourth series of the hit comedy "The Trip" featuring at its core actors Steve Coogan …

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DVD review: “Misbehaviour” (2020)

“Misbehaviour” (2020) Drama Running Time: 106 minutes Written by: Gaby Chiappe and Rebecca Frayn Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe Featuring: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Manville, Rhys Ifans and Greg Kinnear Sally Alexander: [speaking on TV about The Miss World Competition] “The only other forum in which participants are weighed, measured and publicly examined before being assigned their value is a cattle market.” Released …

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DVD review: “Who You Think I Am” (2019)

“Who You Think I Am” (2019) Drama Running time: 101 minutes Written by: Safy Nebbou and Julie Peyr based on Celle que vous croyez by Camille Laurens Directed by: Safy Nebbou Featuring: Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, François Civil, Guillaume Gouix, Charles Berling, Jules Houplain and Jules Gauzelin Claire Millaud: “I do use social media, Dr. Bormans. For people like me …

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DVD: “Rumpole of the Bailey” (1978-1992)

“Rumpole of the Bailey” (1978-1992) Television/Drama Forty-four Episodes Created by: John Mortimer Featuring: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie, Richard Murdoch and Maureen Darbyshire Horace Rumpole: “An Englishman's gin bottle is his castle!” Released this month on DVD is, the now, classic television series “Rumpole of the Bailey” (1978-1992) which sees Horace Rumpole, an elderly London barrister who defends a …

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DVD review: “Lewis: Season 6 – 9” (2006-2015)

“Lewis: Season 6 - 9” (2006-2015) Television Thirteen Episodes Created by: Colin Dexter Featuring: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Rebecca Front, Clare Holman, Angela Griffin and Steve Toussaint DI Lewis: "Listen, You grab a table. I'll get them in." DS Hathaway: "Thanks, Sir. Mine is a pint." DI Lewis: "Mine is a pint, sergeant. You are driving." [Throws car keys at Hathaway who catches …

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DVD review: “The Bill: Series 8” (1992)

"The Bill: Series 8" (1992) Television One hundred and five Episodes Created by: Geoff McQueen Featuring: Mark Wingett, Nula Conwell, Mark Haddigan, Peter Ellis, Ben Roberts, Larry Dann, Roger Leach, Seeta Indrani, Mark Powley, Andrew Paul, Huw Higginson, Chris Humphreys, Jeff Stewart and Graham Cole Sgt. Matthew Boyden: "When the Met employed Reg Hollis, they deprived …

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DVD review: “The Bill: Series 7” (1991)

"The Bill: Series 7" (1991) Television One hundred and five Episodes Created by: Geoff McQueen Featuring: Mark Wingett, Nula Conwell, Mark Haddigan, Peter Ellis, Ben Roberts, Larry Dann, Roger Leach, Seeta Indrani, Mark Powley, Andrew Paul, Huw Higginson, Chris Humphreys, Jeff Stewart and Graham Cole Detective Sergeant Ted Roach: "Knee deep in villains. Even the …

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DVD review: “The Bill: Series Six” (1990)

“The Bill: Series 6” (1990) Television One hundred and five Episodes Created by: Geoff McQueen Featuring: Mark Wingett, Nula Conwell, Mark Haddigan, Peter Ellis, Ben Roberts, Larry Dann, Roger Leach, Seeta Indrani, Mark Powley, Andrew Paul, Huw Higginson, Chris Humphreys, Jeff Stewart and Graham Cole Sgt. Alec Peters: "Best thing to do is to close your office …

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DVD review: “The Bill: Series Five” (1989)

“The Bill: Series Five” (1989) Television One hundred and five Episodes Created by: Geoff McQueen Featuring: Mark Wingett, Gary Olsen, Trudie Goodwin, Peter Dean, Jon Croft, Gary Hailes, Colin McCormack, Chris Jenkinson, Richard Huw, Jon Iles and Paul McKenzie DC Mike Dashwood: "Anything else?" DI Burnside: "Yeah, a garage full of bricks." DC Mike Dashwood: "What kind of bricks?" DI Burnside: "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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DVD review: “Radioactive” (2019)

“Radioactive” (2019) Drama Running time: 109 minutes Written by: Jack Thorne based on Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss Directed by: Marjane Satrapi Featuring: Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard and Anya Taylor-Joy Pierre Curie: “Your main problem, Marie, is your arrogance.” Marie Curie: “My main problem is you. And the fact that I love you so utterly.” Released recently …

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DVD review: “Greed” (2019)

“Greed” (2019) Drama Running time: 104 minutes Written and Directed by: Michael Winterbottom Featuring: Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Asa Butterfield, Dinita Gohil, Sophie Cookson, Jonny Sweet, Asim Chaudhry, Shirley Henderson, and Isla Fisher Samantha: “No one reads the Mail Online, it's cleavage clickbait!” Sir Richard McCreadie: “Yeah, except I'M the tit this time.” Released on DVD is the latest collaboration between director Michael Winterbottom and …

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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: “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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