Nothing represents the best of the 80’s better than Miami Vice. From the pastel colors to the sock free loafers, from the fast Ferrari’s to the sizzling speed boats, the adventures of Vice Detectives James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs were not only influential to an entire decade, but also a huge part of my own childhood representing all things cool. This new great sounding 5.1 & 2.0 Surround Sound set houses the total series and contains every Miami Vice episode in its entirety – the good, the bad and the ugly. Normally product of this type gets the DVD Roundup treatment from me, but with a set this massive more detailed dissection felt warranted.
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Because writer/director/producer Ryan Murphy was not busy enough with American Horror Story and American Crime Story, he also decided to follow up Fox’s Glee with another over-the-top series that takes on the horror genre to a lighter degree with Scream Queens. Packed with both veteran and younger stars, the concept is fun enough, with this series challenging MTV’s Scream to be the best horror/dark comedy about teens on television. However, does Scream Queens deliver the goods or miss the mark when it comes to being a proper horror send-up? The first season is now available on DVD, so anyone can catch up.
A couple of slice and dice international martial arts imports make their way into eager DVD hands this week – viva la wire work! A dangerous gal who goes into hiding and the iconic real-life story of a general slaying warrior make up the two tales touched upon this time out. Check out the review skinny via DVD Roundup for both The Lost Bladesman and Reign Of Assassins below! (As always tech specs provided at the end for the DVD purist!)
This week we’re going international for the DVD bin scouring by checking out two tall tales from China that cover everything from the supernatural to the super skilled – martial arts style that is! Not sure if these are worth the money – we got you covered! Scan our DVD Roundup for the critical skinny on Phantom of the Theatre and Judge Archer below! (Again, tech specs provided at the end for those who demand DVD details!)
Time once again to scour the DVD bargain bin to find out if there are any gems buried way down deep. (And I don’t mean the dust bunnies either!) These are what I refer to as quick fix flicks – they either satisfy or sour the good movie seeking cinefile and fast. This time we’re covering two docs on both iconic former films and music watering holes and scary outing that doubles as as a warning for those seeking to buy a horror home. Check out the DVD Roundup reviews of All Things Must Pass, Back In Time and A House Is Not A Home below! (Again, tech specs provided at the end for those with a DVD demand!)
From WB Home Entertainment, based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series comes the first season of “Lucifer,” which originally aired on Fox earlier this year. The series stars Tom Ellis (“Rush”) as the titular character Lucifer Morningstar, the literal devil, who is taking a bit of a vacation from running hell in order to explore the pleasures of an earthly existence as the owner of a posh club in Los Angeles. When he is encountered by police detective Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German (“Chicago Fire”), as she investigates the murder of a pop star friend of his, Lucifer becomes intrigued by the detective’s ability to resist his normally irresistible charm. When Lucifer is deemed useful, Detective Decker invites him to help her solve murders over the course of the season. Continue reading ‘Lucifer: Season One (DVD Review)’
This past spring, Demolition came and went through theaters. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and is the latest from director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild). Centering on a tragic story and the comedy and drama that comes out of it, the film involves a man who literally becomes a part of a self-destructive pattern and the people who help him right himself. The film initially played at some film festivals, before eventually debuting in theaters several months later. Now Demolition is available on DVD for audiences to get a final word on.
Spread the word that an epidemic is coming. The heart-pounding thriller Viral will be released on DVD August 2, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Radius-TWC and Dimension Films and on Digital HD July 29, 2016 and On Demand August 2, 2016 from Starz Digital. The film stars Sofia Black-D’Elia (Project Almanac, The Messengers), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Lucy), Travis Tope (Independence Day: Resurgence), and Michael Kelly (House of Cards, Now You See Me, The Adjustment Bureau). Viral is an IM Global and Blumhouse International/Busted Shark Production, with producers Jason Blum, Sherryl Clark, and Matt Kaplan, is directed by the dynamic duo Henry Joost (Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4) and Ariel Schulman (Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4), and was written by Barbara Marshall and Christopher Landon.
Disney Channel star and Pop-sensation Nick Jonas (Camp Rock, Scream Queens) Isabel Lucas (The Loft, Transformers 2), and Dermot Mulroney (Insidious: Chapter 3, J. Edgar) star in Careful What You Wish For, the steamy-thriller that is brought to you by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and it was made available for Digital HD purchase on June 10, 2016, and will be released on DVD on August 2, 2016. The film is a pseudo-Boy Next Door copy cat, that flips the genders of the protagonist and antagonist, and throws in a few twists and turns. Continue reading ‘Careful What You Wish For (DVD Review)’
With so many DVD titles hitting the marketplace it’s tough to know what’s hot and not in the bargain bin. So this week I’m checking out a gaggle of various DVD fare to provide some short movie review skinny for your convenience. (Only one DVD title here has special features – this is more about movie mayhem purity!) From MMA brawls to tough and sassy supergals, check out the DVD Roundup reviews of Never Back Down: No Surrender, Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, The Levenger Tapes and 600 Miles below! (Tech specs are at the end for those who demand it!)
A young girl finds and unlikely and uplifting friendship with an adorable monkey in this charming, light-hearted film. Rising star Shelby Lyon heads up an all-star cast, including Peyton Meyere (Girl Meets World), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Sean Patrick Flannery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day) and, of course, Crystal the Monkey (Night at the Museum). The film makes its home debut on August 2nd, when Shout! Factory releases it under the Shout Kids label. It features an array of bonus material, including a half hour set of interviews and clips telling the story of making the film. This family film can be yours by scrolling down below and pre-ordering it from the Amazon link below. C’mon, monkeys, Shannon Elizabeth and gymnastics. You want this! Continue reading ‘Gibby (DVD Review)’
To be a fan of The League, you don’t need to know much about fantasy football, or sports at all. You just need to have friends that you hate. The ensemble comedy follows a group of old friends in a fantasy football league who care very deeply… about beating each other for bragging rights. The League was created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer (Disturbia, Eurotrip) who serve as executive producers and directors. The series lasted for seven seasons on FX (and eventually FXX) and this DVD set features its final hours.
After a season that garnered some mixed reaction from fans (Archer: Vice), the animated comedy-spy series is back to all their regular antics. Six seasons in, Archer remains as irreverent as ever, with all kinds of cleverness to go along with the adult-oriented nature of this series. Now, with the seventh season fast approaching, it is time to look at this DVD release, containing every season six episode and more.
With the proliferation and international appeal of electronic music it is hard to explain why such a fresh and ripe new movement hasn’t garnished more attention from the film industry. The first feature film directed by Max Joseph(Catfish: The TV Show), We Are Your Friends attempts to shine the cinematic light on this relatively new and emerging genre of music. Following the story of a young up-and-coming DJ, Cole Carter(Zac Efron), We Are Your Friends brings the audience into the club, and the heart of club music. Quickly taken under the wing of veteran DJ James Reed(Wes Bentley), Cole begins to find his own style and works his way into the main stream circuit. Utilizing a wonderful soundtrack, a few scenes of drug-induced surrealism, a great performance from Wes Bentley, and the age old tale of self-discovery We Are Your Friends sounds like a great way to spend a Friday night, but somehow fails to find its beat.
In 1992, Marvel Comics was the #1 publisher of comic books in the world, largely due to its dynamic artwork. At the height of this popularity, in response to what they believed to be years of mistreatment toward creative talent, a small – but influential – group of artists left Marvel Comics to form their own company, Image Comics. Led by the outspoken Todd McFarlane (Spawn), this group kicked off a revolution that not only changed the comic industry forever, but has had an indelible influence on mainstream pop culture that continues to this day. But with great power came great turmoil, as Rob Liefeld (Deadpool), Jim Lee (X-Men), Marc Silvestri (Wolverine), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Whilce Portacio (X-Factor) and Jim Valentino (Guardians Of The Galaxy) almost immediately began to unravel the very bond that united them. Continue reading ‘The Image Revolution (DVD Review)’
I was super excited to get the opportunity to chat with the brains behind No Escape! The director/writer John Dowdle and co-writer Drew Dowdle were so awesome and easy to talk to! It’s always great to talk with filmmakers who have a genuine passion for what they do! I really enjoyed this movie! Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, it totally throws you a whole new shocking curve ball that leaves you wondering what could POSSIBLY happen next! After watching this movie I really can’t wait to see what new projects “The Brothers Dowdle” have in store for us! Continue reading ‘Interview with No Escape’s John Dowdle and Drew Dowdle’
In Teen Wolf – Season 4 a high-school teen cursed with the werewolf virus must constantly defend innocents from supernatural creatures who seek power and to quench their undying blood lusts. With a ragtag group of friends, both immortal and mortal, he manages to save as many lives as possible while uncovering truths and plots that affect his team, as well as him. All the while, he continues to keep up a normal profile and attend classes with unsuspecting youths. Continue reading ‘Teen Wolf – Season 4 (DVD Review)’
Little Loopers is a young teen-focused film that is not so entertaining for older crowds. Full of fart jokes and other juvenile jokes, it is kind of hard to watch for this viewer. This movie is OK, but nothing spectacular. Read on and I’ll tell you why. Continue reading ‘Little Loopers (DVD Review)’