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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for November 1, 2019

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Greetings and welcome to a look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. As you might have guessed, there are some interesting new releases along with plenty of seasonal Halloween-themed discs coming your way. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a...

‘Dolemite Is My Name’ unearths a hidden treasure; introduces the Godfather of Rap

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 118 minutes

This film premieres on Netflix on Oct. 25.

Back in my teenage and college years, this film enthusiast spent many a night seeking out and watching the most eccentric and unusual features out there. In fact, my friends and I would often try to outdo each other, finding and bringing VHS tapes of odd, obscure midnight movies and soon-to-be cult films. One such discovery was Dolemite (1975), a bizarre and over-the-top-in-every-imaginable-way action/comedy starring Rudy Ray Moore. To the eyes of someone living in another country, the movie was equal parts hilarious, awkward and at points, completely mystifying.

Nearly 45 years...

‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ looks beautiful, uses nuptials to start fairy-tale war

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Running Time: 118 minutes

It has been five years since the villainess from Sleeping Beauty was updated and transformed from a malevolent and sinister force into a misunderstood and tortured soul. The resulting film was a box office success, leading to the latest chapter in the series, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Yes, the title is a bit of a misnomer, since the central character is once again treated poorly by humankind and forced into a situation beyond her control. Kids and those who enjoyed the first film will likely enjoy what they see, but those who weren’t charmed by the original won’t find anything to convert them in this follow-up.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for October 18, 2019

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It’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, there are a ton of titles coming in from just about every genre imaginable. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

 

Big New Releases!

3 from Hell - Those familiar with Rob Zombie’s horror flicks House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects will be excited to see this follow-up featuring the trio of psychotic killers known as the Firefly family. While they all seemingly died in the previous installment, it is revealed that the gang survived and has actually been spending the past decade behind bars. Naturally, they escape...

‘Gemini Man’ pretty to watch, lacks character development

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 117 minutes

Director Ang Lee is responsible for several award-­winning cinematic works, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi. At first glance, his latest feature appears to be an odd selection, as the filmmaker takes on what appears to be a fairly traditional and straightforward action picture. Thankfully, Gemini Man does try to throw an extra wrinkle into the formula and adds some new technical elements to the genre. Yet for all its effort, it doesn’t end up making a lasting impression.

Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is an aging government hitman who decides that he’s had enough of being an assassin...

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