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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 4, 2015

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Welcome back to another edition featuring DVD and Blu-ray release highlights. As always, be sure to click on any links to read more about the movies. 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!

90 Minutes in Heaven - After dying in a car accident, a man is brought back to life and struggles to function again after experiencing Heaven. As you might have already guessed, this is a Christian-themed film directed at a specific audience. Reviewers didn’t respond well to it, suggesting that while it may have been well intentioned, the pacing was slow and the dialogue silly. It stars Hayden Christensen...

‘Victor Frankenstein’ stiches a bizarre patchwork of a movie

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Rating: «« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 109 min.

This is a strange one. Mary Shelley’s famous novel has been updated numerous times, and the latest attempt is one of the most unusual of the lot. Despite the title suggesting otherwise, Victor Frankenstein is actually a tale about his assistant. In what appears to be an attempt to win over the masses, it also tries to be every kind of movie to every person, mixing action, horror, police procedural and romance into one package. The results are a mixed canvas stitched together from wildly varied approaches and inspirations.

Narrated by the man who would eventually be known Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), the story begins with a hunchbacked...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 27, 2015

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Hello folks, it’s a very busy week once again for releases on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s something for horror, drama, comedy and even a picture or two for the whole family. So if you can’t make it out to the movies tonight, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

American Ultra - Jesse Eisenberg and Kristin Stewart star in this dark comedy about a stoner who is activated as a sleeper agent for a government organization. Reviewers were split on this effort. While many felt that it had its share of laughs, some believed that it went off on strange tangents (from comedy to action film to introspective drama), and was too uneven and schizophrenic to recommend...

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’

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Makes it across the finish line with a few stumbles

Rating: «« out of 4 Stars

Running Time: 137 min.

If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games series, you will undoubtedly go to see the latest chapter regardless of what anyone thinks. And based on the reaction at the preview this reviewer attended, you’re likely to love it as well. However, it’s difficult not to note something of a change from what’s come before.

The first two films had a faster pace, an immediate sense of danger and enough subtext to make it all feel fresh. By comparison, the third title came across as slow, ponderous and obvious in its themes. And so The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 falls somewhere in the...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 20, 2015

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Whew! There’s a lot to get through for this edition so we’ll get right to it. 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!

Deadliest Prey - This sequel to the 1987 B-movie cult item Deadly Prey follows the first film’s villain as he is released from prison. Eager for revenge, he sets about kidnapping the our hero and this time finishing the job he set out to do nearly 30 years earlier. The movie is set to debut on disc and hasn’t garnered any reviews as of yet, but fans of the original film will likely want to see their favorite characters back in action. It stars Ted Prior and David...

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