TIME BANDITS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 116 minutes

Criterion’s new Blu-ray upgrade of Terry Gilliam’s classic “Time Bandits” doesn’t include all the bonus features found in previous releases, such as Anchor Bay’s two-disc Special Edition, but it has enough good stuff that it’s worth the purchase by fans of the film. The improved video and audio are good reasons to grab this one too…


Posted on December 15, 2014 by

MST3K: VOLUME XXXI: THE TURKEY DAY COLLECTION (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

The latest “MST3K” collection centers on the show’s famous Turkey Day marathons from the early to mid-90s, complete with 30 minutes of original bumpers, a retrospective of those events, new Turkey Day intros from Joel Hodgson and CGI versions of the bots, and a few interviews focused on the movies in this set…


Posted on November 25, 2014 by

THE WIND RISES (BLU-RAY)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

It’s a lyrical film that deals with passion and loyalty, and how far one should go in pursuit of both, as it unspools the fictionalized personal life of Japanese plane designer Jiro Horikoshi, who was responsible for his country’s infamous Zero fighter planes during World War II…


Posted on November 24, 2014 by

PRINCESS MONONOKE (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 134 minutes

Miyazaki’s classic film “Princess Mononoke” is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD edition, but, unfortunately, the bonus features aren’t up to par with its status as a classic.


Posted on November 19, 2014 by

KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (BLU-RAY)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 105 minutes

If you’re a big Kiki fan, or you don’t own the film yet, this is a good release to pick up, but if you already have that 2010 DVD release, the question becomes whether the Blu-ray upgrade is worthwhile…


Posted on November 18, 2014 by

PLASTIC GALAXY: THE STORY OF STAR WARS TOYS (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

If terms like “Early Bird box” and “Jawa with a plastic cape” evoke some serious nostalgia, then “Plastic Galaxy: The History of ‘Star Wars’ Toys” is the documentary for you. The DVD also includes close to 40 minutes of bonus material.


Posted on November 17, 2014 by

MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY): 1 DOWN, 5 TO GO (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 137 minutes

It may not be Python in their prime, but it’s still a blast for the fans, and it’s a great way to send them out on a high note. This Blu-ray has a few behind-the-scenes bits — I wish there was more, especially of the “How this came about” variety, but that’s not a terrible loss…


Posted on November 12, 2014 by

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” arrives in a Criterion Blu-ray release with a 4K digital restoration and a full menu of bonus features that include a slightly longer pre-release version, a new commentary track, a new interview about infamous lawman Wyatt Earp, and much more.


Posted on October 20, 2014 by

ERASERHEAD: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

Criterion has issued David Lynch’s surreal debut, “Eraserhead,” in a single-disc Blu-ray that includes a restored copy of the movie along with copious bonus features. Five of Lynch’s short films are also included, along with a rather thick booklet (by Criterion standards) that contains a lengthy Q&A with him about the movie…


Posted on September 29, 2014 by

THE BIG CHILL: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

This re-release of “The Big Chill,” just a year past its 30th anniversary, includes a remastered copy of the movie along with a 1998 documentary, deleted scenes (but no Costner; boo), a Q&A discussion from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and a new introduction by co-writer/director Lawrence Kasdan. It’s a worthy acquisition for fans of the film.


Posted on August 7, 2014 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXX (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

“Mystery Science Theater 3000″ Volume XXX offers up another helping of four very funny episodes from the popular series, but the bonus features aren’t quite up to the standard set by Shout! Factory during its long run with the show. They’re not awful, though — they’re just “meh.”


Posted on July 29, 2014 by

SCANNERS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

“Scanners” arrives from Criterion in a set that includes the film and the bonus materials on one Blu-ray and two DVDs. The movie has been restored, and the extra stuff includes a smattering of new and old material, including director David Cronenberg’s first movie, “Stereo.”


Posted on July 27, 2014 by

DIAGRAM FOR DELINQUENTS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

“Diagram For Delinquents” details a dark chapter in American comic book history that many may not know about. And even if you’re familiar with Wertham, “Seduction of the Innocent,” and the CCA, you’ll likely learn a few new things from this documentary, as I did.


Posted on July 26, 2014 by

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

“Jodorowsky’s Dune” digs into what has been called “the greatest science-fiction film never made.” Certainly, it was an avant garde project with a lot of potential, but Jodorowsky made some questionable choices in trying to bring it to the screen…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 118 minutes

The upside: This is a straight port of the previous two-DVD release, with stellar video and audio quality. The downside: No new bonus features were thrown in, so if an A/V bump isn’t important to you, there’s nothing to see here.


Posted on May 27, 2014 by

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