blu-ray & dvd

Here you’ll find reviews/breakdowns of various disc-based editions from the numerous distributors who were generous enough to provide screener copies; and you’ll no doubt notice my devotion to the aging SD format, DVD.

Blu-ray Review: Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

My introduction to Paul Muni came back in May 2021 when a local label unleashed Scarface on Blu-ray and it so happened that later in the year, VCI Entertainment release the more mellow, Angel on My Shoulder, which I’m only now getting to. Muni plays low-down dirty crook, Eddie Kagle, who, shortly after graduating from …

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Blu-ray Review: Summer Times Machine Blues (2005)

At age nineteen, a rock ‘n’ roll hopeful named Eddie Cochran, entered Gold Star Recording Studios in Hollywood, California on March 28, 1958, where he proclaimed through song that there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.  However, he failed to consider time travel, which proves to be both an adventure and paradox during the …

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Blu-ray Review: The Molly Maguires (1970)

Imprint’s October batch of releases was subject to a lot of buzz online, but little mention was made of The Molly Maguires, much like when it hit theatres over fifty years ago, but hopefully, I can steer some viewers towards the moralistic drama of deadly industrial action. Set in Pennsylvania, 1876, a Pinkerton detective, James …

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High Def Touchdown: North Dallas Forty (1979) – review

Widely hailed as not only one the best American football movies, but one of best sports movies of all time, North Dallas Forty continues to score touchdowns with film audiences and it’s winning more fans thanks to its debut Blu-ray release from Imprint Films in Australia, limited to 1500 copies. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, this …

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Blu-ray Review: A Boy and His Dog (1975)

L.Q. Jones passed away on July 9th at the ripe old age of 94; an actor known primarily for westerns, particularly those of the Sam Peckinpah style, but he was also and just quietly, a director and screenwriter. Having penned his first screenplay The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) in which he appeared, Jones took full …

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Blu-ray Review: Rain (1932)

Embittered by the seemingly endless rain, a couple of Creedence’s songs have been getting more plays in my head than Spotify, so I decided to embrace this lingering deluge that has plagued the spring months by watching the pre-code classic, Rain, starring a young Joan Crawford. Generously supplied by VCI Entertainment, who have put together …

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