Blu-ray Review: Top Secret (1984)

Most up and coming actors start with small roles on either television or film, but Juilliard graduate Val Kilmer came out of the gate with top billing in the spy-parody Top Secret! from the creators of Flying High and The Naked Gun. Now on Blu-ray for the first time ever…

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DVD Review: Itsy Bitsy (2019)

Scary movies about spiders pretty much sell themselves as did Itsy Bitsy which was produced last year by Shout! Studio, and has since crawled down the water spout to DVD & Digital in Australia through Eagle Entertainment. Kara is a single mother struggling to raise her two children following an…

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Blu-ray Review: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

Currently available on Blu-ray through the pristinely modest Twilight Time Movies, Don’t Bother to Knock is a touching noir-drama set inside a swanky New York City hotel; a black & white classic ahead of its time regarding the portrayal of mental illness. Starring established leading man Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe…

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DVD Review: Destroyer (1943)

Umbrella Entertainment launched a modest new series late last year to champion the old-timey action flicks in their library, Combat Classics – War Stories on Film, beginning with Destroyer, starring Edward G. Robinson, Glenn Ford and Marguerite Chapman. Produced by Columbia Pictures during World War II, this naval adventure follows…

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Blu-ray Review: The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

Historical accuracy aside, classic Hollywood war pictures were always well-intended in telling stories of triumph and victory, mostly over Nazi-occupied Europe and while many decades have passed, there’s still an appetite for the heroism of World War II. In 1969, just shy of twenty-five years since the most destructive conflict…

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Blu-ray Review: Ironweed (1987)

I’m a big fan of Jack Nicholson. I practically grew up watching Batman and I think his performance in About Schmidt is among his most underappreciated, despite earning an Oscar nomination. Although, I’ve come to realise that there’s a large bulk if titles I haven’t seen, including until recently, Ironweed,…

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DVD Review: The Keep (1983)

Michael Mann’s gothic classic seemed to be an uphill battle from the start, with a troubled production compounded by limitations set by the studio. Completed as three-and-a-half-hour film, a two-hour cut was assembled for test audiences which were not positive, so The Keep was again trimmed prior to release, coming…

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