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

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: HAMLET (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

This episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ tends to be dismissed by many fans, but it’s not a bad one. It’s just that “Hamlet” seems to come from out of left field in a series full of Godzilla films, Roger Corman productions, ill-conceived low-budget sci-fi and horror films…


Posted on June 21, 2011 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: GUNSLINGER (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

“Gunslinger” is a classic “MST3K” episode that skewers a 1956 Roger Corman western. The writing staff probably felt like they were shooting fish in a barrel with this one. Unfortunately, this standalone DVD from Shout! Factory is devoid of extras…


Posted on June 21, 2011 by

THE GREAT DICTATOR: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 125 minutes

Criterion’s two-disc release of Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” is another great example of the company’s “film class in a box approach”…


Posted on June 8, 2011 by

UNKNOWN WAR (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 990 minutes

Like all historical events, the fighting between the Soviet Union and Germany during World War II was too complex for a simplistic explanation, and as Sunderland’s interview shows, even a 16.5-hour documentary doesn’t necessarily cover everything…


Posted on May 30, 2011 by

SOMETHING WILD: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 113 minutes

Plenty of strait-laced businessmen engage in funky extracurricular activities — I’m sure you can find lots of Ralphs in Accounting who become Leo the Horned One in an S&M dungeon at night…


Posted on May 17, 2011 by

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