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Blu-Ray Review: The Gate (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Blu-Ray Review: The Gate (Vestron Video Collector's Series)

The Gate
Blu-Ray (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Director: Tibor Takács
Screenwriter: Michael Nankin
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan, Jennifer Irwin
Distributor: Lionsgate
Rated PG-13 | 85 Minutes
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Like Gremlins, Ghoulies, and Critters, 1987’s The Gate is a horror movie about pint-sized demons hell-bent on taking over the planet. Directed by Tibor Takács (I, Madman), the film stars Stephen Dorff and Louis Tripp as Glen and Terry, two suburban kids who unearth a gateway to a nightmarish realm brimming with evil.

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Blu-ray Review: Hacksaw Ridge
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Hacksaw Ridge Blu-ray review

Hacksaw Ridge
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Director: Mel Gibson
Screenwriter: Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Rated PG | 104 Minutes
Release Date: February 21, 2017

I’m not one for the over-dramatized, based on a true story kind of movie. But for most of them, there is something special and inspirational that makes me want to know more about the subject’s story. Case in point, Hacksaw Ridge.

Now I didn’t know anything about Desmond Doss’ harrowing story of how he refused to take up arms during World War II, but ended up saving multiple lives during the Battle of Okinawa. But to see it on the big screen was something else. The fact that it was also directed by Mel Gibson did add some concern to it, given his outrageous behavior and reputation. Still, the film managed to meet my expectations. Check out my review below.

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Blu-ray Review: Justice League Dark
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Justice League Dark
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Jay Oliva
Story by J.M. DeMatteis and Ernie Altbacker
Starring Matt Ryan, Camilla Luddington, Nicholas Turturro, Ray Chase, Roger Cross, Jason O’Mara
Distributed by Warner Bros. Animation
Rated R | 75 minutes
Release Date: February 7, 2017

When someone asks if you would like to watch and review a new DC animated film, you say yes almost without exception. When it’s something as spectacular as Justice League Dark, you probably jump up and down with glee. Or maybe that’s just me. Regardless, getting to see this a week early was a treat that I’m happy to be able to discuss with you today. Read on for more details!

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Blu-ray Review: Parents (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Adam Frazier   |  @   |  

Parents Blu-ray (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)

Parents (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Director: Bob Balaban
Screenwriter: Christopher Hawthorne
Cast: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Bryan Madorsky, Sandy Dennis
Distributor: Lionsgate
Rated R | 81 Minutes
Release Date: January 31, 2017

Directed by Bob Balaban (My Boyfriend’s Back), 1989’s Parents is a comedy about cannibalism against the backdrop of ’50s suburban America. Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt star as Nick and Lily Laemle who, along with their 10-year-old son Michael (Bryan Madorsky), chase the American Dream to a shiny new tract house in a quaint Massachusetts neighborhood.

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Blu-ray Review: Pinocchio Walt Disney Signature Edition
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Pinocchio

Pinocchio Walt Disney Signature Edition
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Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee

Screenwriters: Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner, Aurelius Battaglia
Cast: Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett, Charles Judels, Evelyn Venable, Frankie Darro
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated G | 88 Minutes
Release Date: January 31, 2017

The “I’ve got no strings on me” lyric has been popularized thanks in part to the dawn of wireless headphones, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and proclaiming you are not someone’s puppet. But Pinocchio‘s themes of sincere honesty and wishing upon stars remain true today.

Now Walt Disney’s timeless classic gets a new Blu-ray today with the release of the Walt Disney Signature Edition. Not only is the picture quality higher and sharper than ever before, but there are also new features to check out about the film’s history, its impact on pop culture, deleted scenes and much more. Check out what kind of features you can expect to see below.

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Blu-ray Review: Poltergeist III (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Poltergeist III

Poltergeist III
Blu-Ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Gary Sherman
Screenwriter: Gary Sherman, Brian Taggert
Cast: Heather O’Rourke, Nancy Allen, Tom Skerritt, Zelda Ruinstein, Nathan Davis
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG-13 | 98 Minutes
Release Date: January 31, 2017

Sent by her parents to live with her Aunt Pat (Nancy Allen of Carrie and RoboCop) and her Uncle Bruce (Tom Skerritt, Alien) in Chicago, Carol Ann (Heather O’Rourke) must face an army of evil spirits led by Reverend Kane (Nathan Davis). The spirits have taken over a 100-story skyscraper to lure Carol Anne to “The Other Side” for good, but the powerful psychic Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein, Anguish) won’t let her go without a fight.

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Blu-ray Review: Poltergeist II: The Other Side
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Blu-ray Review: Poltergeist II: The Other Side Blu-Ray Review

Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Blu-Ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Brian Gibson
Screenwriter: Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Cast: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins, Julian Beck, Zelda Rubinstein, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG-13 | 91 Minutes
Release Date: January 31, 2017

Directed by Brian Gibson (What’s Love Got To Do With It), 1986’s Poltergeist II: The Other Side is an odd, intermittently effective follow-up to Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic horror film. One year after the events of the first movie, Cuesta Verde is being evacuated and turned into an archaeological dig centered around the spot where the Freelings’ home stood before it imploded. The excavation, headed by psychic Tangina Barrons (Zelda Rubinstein) and Native American shaman Taylor (Will Sampson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), leads to the discovery of a mysterious underground cave.

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Blu-ray Review: The Lair Of The White Worm (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Blu-ray Review: The Lair of the White Worm (Vestron Video Collector's Series)

The Lair of the White Worm
Blu-ray (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Director: Ken Russell
Screenwriter: Ken Russell
Cast: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Capaldi, Sammi Davis, Stratford Johns
Distributor: Lionsgate
Rated R | 93 Minutes
Release Date: January 31, 2017

Written and directed by Ken Russell (The Devils, Altered States), 1988’s The Lair of the White Worm is an adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s 1911 novel, based on the English legend of the Lambton Worm.

Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) stars as Angus Flint, a Scottish archaeology student excavating the site of a convent at a bed and breakfast run by the Trent sisters, Mary (Sammi Davis, Mona Lisa) and Eve (Catherine Oxenberg, Dynasty). There he unearths a massive, snake-like skull and believes it may be connected to the local legend of the d’Ampton worm, a mythical creature that feasted on the flesh of virgins.

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Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas (Collector’s Edition)

Black Christmas
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Bob Clark
Screenwriter: A. Roy Moore
Cast: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 98 Minutes
Release Date: December 13, 2016

“Oh, why don’t you go find a wall socket and stick your tongue in it, that’ll give you a charge!”

Considered to be one of the first “slasher” films, 1974’s Black Christmas served as an influence for John Carpenter’s Halloween and has since become a cult classic. Directed by Bob Clark (Porky’s, A Christmas Story), the movie was inspired by a series of murders that took place in Montreal, and the urban legend “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs.”

At a Christmas party at the Pi Kappa Sigma house, Jess Bradford (Olivia Hussey) receives an obscene phone call from “The Moaner,” a disturbed individual who has been calling the house. Jess and her sorority sisters Barb (Margot Kidder), Phyllis (Andrea Martin), and Clare (Lynne Griffin) listen in on the call. The feisty Barb provokes the caller, who responds by telling the girls that he is going to kill them.

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Blu-ray Review: Dreamscape (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Dreamscape (Collector's Edition)

Dreamscape
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Joseph Ruben
Screenwriter: David Loughery, Chuck Russell, Joseph Ruben
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG-13 | 99 Minutes
Release Date: December 13, 2016

“So, Jane, what you do here, in effect, is count boners?”

Directed by Joseph Ruben (The Pom Pom Girls), 1984’s Dreamscape has the unique distinction of being the second film released to theaters that was rated PG-13 under then new MPAA ratings guidelines, following Red Dawn, which come out five days earlier. And interestingly enough, the film stars Kate Capeshaw, who starred in a violent PG-rated blockbuster that would help create the PG-13 rating: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Co-written by Ruben, David Loughery (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), and Chuck Russell (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, 1988’s The Blob), Dreamscape stars Dennis Quaid as Alex Gardner, a man with psychic abilities who is recruited by his old mentor, Dr. Novotny (Max von Sydow), to join the dreamscape project, a government-funded program to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

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