GODZILLA (1954): CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

This Criterion release digs deep into that history, along with the early days of the Godzilla franchise, the differences between the Japanese and 1956 American version of the film, and more…


Posted on February 9, 2012 by

TOKYO DRIFTER / BRANDED TO KILL: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: Tokyo Drifter 82 minutes / Branded to Kill 91 minutes

Criterion has released two of Seijun Suzuki’s seminal films, “Tokyo Drifter” and “Branded to Kill,” in new editions that feature digital restorations, improved English subtitle translations, new interviews with the director and one of his stars, and an archival interview with Suzuki from 1997…


Posted on December 29, 2011 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXII (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

Whether a movie is good or bad, it’s always fun to learn the context of its place in history, and “Volume XXII” in Shout Factory’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ series does a great job of that with the four films in this set…


Posted on December 10, 2011 by

12 ANGRY MEN: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

Like all of the company’s DVD releases, Criterion’s new edition of “12 Angry Men” digs deep into its subject…


Posted on December 6, 2011 by

THE RULES OF THE GAME: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

If you’re a fan of this classic 1939 film by Jean Renoir, you won’t be disappointed by this lavish two-disc release from Criterion, which digs deep into the movie’s complicated history through archival interviews with the director and plenty of thoughts from film scholars…


Posted on November 29, 2011 by

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: SEASON ONE (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 300 minutes

If you’re curious about the upcoming “Adventures of Tintin” film and you haven’t read the comics, this animated series from 1991 isn’t a bad place to start…


Posted on November 22, 2011 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE ATOMIC BRAIN AND THE TOUCH OF SATAN (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 180 minutes

“The Touch of Satan,” released in 1971, is kind of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” meets the TV movie of the week…


Posted on November 4, 2011 by

KURONEKO: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

Kaneto Shindo’s “Kuroneko” is a classic 1968 Japanese horror film that combines kabuki theater, samurai, folktales, ballet, and good old-fashioned throat rippings to create an experience that’s unique and unsettling…


Posted on October 29, 2011 by

BUSTER KEATON: GO WEST AND BATTLING BUTLER (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 153 minutes

This two-disc release features Buster Keaton’s films “Go West” and “Battling Butler,” efforts that might be minor ones in his filmography but which are nonetheless an interesting look at his artistic progression…


Posted on October 21, 2011 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: “MANOS” THE HANDS OF FATE SPECIAL EDITION (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 270 minutes

It’s finally here: the infamous “‘Manos’: The Hands of Fate” episode of “MST3K.” While this isn’t its first time on DVD, this release is a two-disc Special Edition…


Posted on September 13, 2011 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE UNEARTHLY AND RED ZONE CUBA (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 180 minutes

“Red Zone Cuba” and “The Unearthly” are Shout Factory’s latest standalone “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ DVDs. They’re solid episodes, but it’s a shame these are bare bones releases like the other standalone DVDs…


Posted on August 18, 2011 by

THE JOURNEY: FROM 1 TO 1000 (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

Adam Kontas’ “The Journey From 1 to 1000″ chronicles the personal and professional highs and lows of his Hollywood aspirations since 2000, when he moved to LA from Ohio…


Posted on August 17, 2011 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXI: MST3K vs. GAMERA (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 585 minutes

“MST3K Volume XXI: MST3K vs. Gamera” continues in the tradition of Shout Factory’s excellent MST3K sets with copious bonus features that examine this show’s run of five Gamera movies during its third season…


Posted on August 2, 2011 by

BUSTER KEATON: THE SHORT FILMS COLLECTION (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 500 minutes

“Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923″ offers not only 19 restored shorts from one of the silent era’s comedy greats but also a cornucopia of bonus features that will fill your knowledge of all things Keaton. This is an excellent three-disc set from Kino…


Posted on July 27, 2011 by

TRAILERS FROM HELL!: VOLUME TWO (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 158 minutes

“Trailers From Hell!” features various prominent film folks talking about the trailers for much-loved, oft-maligned, and mostly-forgotten movies…


Posted on July 12, 2011 by

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