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The Set-Up (Blu-ray)

October 1st, 2019|

Robert Ryan plays Bill "Stoker" Thompson, a washed-up boxer who refuses to give up his career despite the pleas of his wife Julie (Audrey Totter). There's little chance that he's going to win this evening's bout; still, Stoker's manager Tiny (George Tobias) has secretly made a deal with a crooked gambler (Alan Baxter).

The Entity (Blu-ray)

September 30th, 2019|

In this exploitative and supposedly fact-based thriller, a woman thinks she is losing her mind when she is raped several times by an unseen supernatural entity. No one believes her, until she finds a parapsychologist at a local university who believes and devises a clever trap for catching her tormentor.

Pan’s Labyrinth (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 26th, 2019|

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), recently remarried to sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi López) and soon to bear the cruel military man's child, shy young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself as her recently-formed family settles into their new home nestled deep in the Spanish countryside.

Gremlins (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 23rd, 2019|

This comic Joe Dante effort is set in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town at Christmastime. Seeking a unique gift for his son an erstwhile inventor (Hoyt Axton) purchases a cute, fuzzy little "Mogwai" from a Chinatown shopkeeper's (Keye Luke) grandson (John Louie), who dispenses the above-mentioned warning before closing the deal.

The World’s End (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 19th, 2019|

In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End.

The Set-Up (Blu-ray)

October 1st, 2019|

Robert Ryan plays Bill "Stoker" Thompson, a washed-up boxer who refuses to give up his career despite the pleas of his wife Julie (Audrey Totter). There's little chance that he's going to win this evening's bout; still, Stoker's manager Tiny (George Tobias) has secretly made a deal with a crooked gambler (Alan Baxter).

The Entity (Blu-ray)

September 30th, 2019|

In this exploitative and supposedly fact-based thriller, a woman thinks she is losing her mind when she is raped several times by an unseen supernatural entity. No one believes her, until she finds a parapsychologist at a local university who believes and devises a clever trap for catching her tormentor.

Pan’s Labyrinth (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 26th, 2019|

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), recently remarried to sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi López) and soon to bear the cruel military man's child, shy young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself as her recently-formed family settles into their new home nestled deep in the Spanish countryside.

Gremlins (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 23rd, 2019|

This comic Joe Dante effort is set in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town at Christmastime. Seeking a unique gift for his son an erstwhile inventor (Hoyt Axton) purchases a cute, fuzzy little "Mogwai" from a Chinatown shopkeeper's (Keye Luke) grandson (John Louie), who dispenses the above-mentioned warning before closing the deal.

The World’s End (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 19th, 2019|

In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End.

Do or Die (Blu-ray)

September 13th, 2019|

Two undercover federal agents (Dona Speir and Roberta Vasquez, both former Playboy playmates) are captured by their nemesis Kaneshiro, a big-time crime lord (Pat Morita). Instead of killing them, Kaneshiro plays a cat-and-mouse game involving six separate assassin teams.

John Carpenter’s Vampires (Blu-ray)

September 12th, 2019|

After destroying a vampire nest in rural New Mexico, Team Crow is savagely ambushed during the victory celebration by the unholy Valek, a vicious 600-year-old vampire. With most of his team massacred, and accompanied only by a young priest and the sole surviving member of his team, Montoya, Crow pursues Valek through the high deserts, culminating in a fateful confrontation between faith and immortality.

True Believer (Blu-ray)

September 10th, 2019|

The only True Believer at the beginning of this drama is idealistic young attorney Robert Downey Jr., who apprentices under the guidance of celebrated civil-rights activist James Woods. Alas, in the years since the sixties, Woods has become a disillusioned, dope-smoking ambulance chaser.

I-Spy (Blu-ray)

September 5th, 2019|

Special agent Alex Scott and middleweight world champion Kelly Robinson are reluctantly paired for a dangerous mission to recover the Switchblade, the U.S.'s latest and most technologically sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft. The prototype spy plane has fallen into the hands of a nefarious arms dealer, Arnold Gundars, who plans to sell it to the highest bidder - a rogue terrorist with access to nuclear warheads.

Double Face (Blu-ray)

September 5th, 2019|

When wealthy businessman John Alexander (the legendary Klaus Kinski, giving an atypically restrained performance)'s unfaithful wife Helen (Margaret Lee, Circus of Fear) dies in a car crash, it initially looks like a freak accident. However, the plot thickens when evidence arises suggesting that the car was tampered with prior to the crash.

Poms (Blu-ray)

September 4th, 2019|

An uplifting comedy about Martha (Diane Keaton), a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Olive (Pam Grier) and Alice (Rhea Perlman), proving that it's never too late to follow your dreams.

Universal Horror Collection: Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

September 3rd, 2019|

Horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi created some of the most memorable characters in cinematic history. Their unforgettable performances as Dracula and Frankenstein's monster terrified a generation of moviegoers and when these two legendary actors came together for a series of films in the 1930s, audiences could not get enough.

Glee: The Sixth and Final Season

June 8th, 2015|

In the exhilarating, heart-rending final season of “Glee,” club favorites reunite and a new group of young performers takes center stage! Following her disastrously short sitcom career, Rachel returns to McKinley High to find Principal Sue Sylvester trampling the arts – including the glee club. Without missing a beat, Rachel and a newly single Kurt set out to revitalize New Directions, hoping for a shot at the national title.

Impractical Jokers: Season Two

October 29th, 2014|

"Lar-ry!" Plot: What's it about? You know, I think I've found more "hidden gems" while channel surfing in the past few years than in the last ten years combined.  What?  I guess what I mean is that there is so much television programming on these days, it's nearly impossible to keep track of what's on and what's not unless you do a little exploring.  Case in point, a few years [...]

The Mentalist: Season Six

October 3rd, 2014|

Plot: What's it about? There aren't a lot of good television dramas out there. Well, ok, there are, but they aren't on network television anymore.  Thanks to the success of shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Game of Thrones, more and more shows are leaving the networks for a little more creative freedom on cable. And who's to blame them?  But a few years ago a little show called [...]

Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series

August 4th, 2014|

Plot: What's it about? Joe Geddes (Lennie James) and Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) are police officers, the people who are tasked to protect society and uphold the law. But these two detectives have a plan to break the law, as they want to murder a fellow police officer, Brendan McCann (Michael McGrady). While McCann is a cop, he is a crooked one and as such, Joe and Frank justify his [...]

Swamp People: Season Four

February 19th, 2014|

Plot: What's it about? Now to be honest, I'd never watched an episode of Swamp People before this review. So aside from assuming it was people who lived in or worked in a swamp, I wasn't sure what to expect. As it turns out, the show follows a group of alligator hunters who troll the swamps for their bounties in a 30 day hunting season. Each hunter is given a [...]

Impractical Jokers: Season One

December 20th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? You know, I think I've found more "hidden gems" while channel surfing in the past few years than in the last ten years combined.  What?  I guess what I mean is that there is so much television programming on these days, it's nearly impossible to keep track of what's on and what's not unless you do a little exploring.  Case in point, a few years ago [...]

Adventure Time: Jake the Dad

November 14th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? I'd never heard of (or most likely would have never heard of) Adventure Time if it weren't for my youngest step son. I call him the "evil" one, though he's actually a nice little chap.  So here's the thing - there's this show called Adventure Time (mentioned twice already, I know) and it's one of his favorites. Did I forget to mention that he's a Freshman [...]

Family Guy: Volume 11

September 30th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? Peter Griffin has been through it all, he found he was black, he became beautiful, he lost all the bones in his body, his show was canceled, the guy has had it rough. But he never gives up and even if it means fighting a chicken up and down the street, this is one guy who refuses to not make a scene. His wife Lois has a past of sexual [...]

Orphan Black: Season One

August 14th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is an outsider, as she has never been able to fit in or find her place in the world. But her life takes an unusual turn in an unexpected fashion, when she sees a familiar face on a subway platform. Sarah sees a woman who looks exactly like her, as if it was her lost twin. Before she can even process this strange [...]

Duck Dynasty: Season Three

August 14th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? One of the most popular shows on television, Duck Dynasty follows the Robertson family, who made a fortune selling duck calls and other outdoorsman related goods. Unlike most families featured in reality television, the Robertsons don't have much drama and are faith based people. So the show isn't about sex, drugs, and family strife, in fact quite the opposite. In this third season, we watch as [...]

Robot & Frank

March 4th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? One of the benefits of doing this site is that I get sent a very wide variety of titles, some I've heard of and others I've not.  I'd say that Robot & Frank is something that I'd usually pass over, but something about it stuck out to me.  Was it the cast?  James Mardsen, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon and Liv Tyler aren't exactly the hottest out [...]

Touch: The Complete First Season

November 5th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Martin Bohm (Keifer Sutherland) is a devoted father who lost his wife in the attacks on 9/11 and struggles to raise his young son, who suffers from emotional issues. His son Jake (David Mazouz) hasn't spoken a word in his life and has severe social problems, to the point that his own father can't even touch him. But Jake has an outlet in numbers, as he [...]

Bonanza: The Official Fourth Season

October 25th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) founded his own ranch known as The Ponderosa, a cattle operation that provided a good standard of life for his family. Ben had three sons, each wildly different than the next, thanks in no small part to the fact that each one had a different mother. The youngest son is Little Joe (Michael Landon), who has a fiery temper and longs for [...]

Gunsmoke: The Sixth Season, Volume 2

October 22nd, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Dodge City is home to a number of colorful residents and countless travelers of all kinds, so it is no surprise that the town tends to be a little unpredictable. The streets can be host to a drunken fist fight, robberies, kidnappings, even shoot outs, but there is a presence that keeps Dodge City safe. That presence is U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness), who patrols [...]

Secrets of the Viking Sword

October 19th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? When it comes to imposing fear and raw power, few warriors can compete with the legends of the Viking hordes. These men were fearless and had a raw, brutal attack plan that left their enemies in tatters. While all the Vikings were vicious, some of them wielded a sword so lethal, it would become a historical icon of battle. The swords were light, sharp as a [...]