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Rock Doc ‘Punk in Africa’ Out on DVD Now

by Nick Spacek on March 18, 2014

in Blu-ray/DVD Reviews,Reviews

The concept of Punk In Africa (out now from MVD Visual) is amazing – underground bands, in the time of apartheid, integrating racially and playing music that speaks truth.

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‘Rewind This!’ Looks at VHS Subculture, Fascination

by Nick Spacek on January 13, 2014

in Blu-ray/DVD Reviews,Reviews

So many of the people in “Rewind This!’ are 100 percent honest about how success on VHS was about presentation of product, meaning that films were sometimes sold on the basis of a title and cover art alone.

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‘The ’83 US Festival’ DVD Not Nearly Big Enough

by Nick Spacek on December 2, 2013

in Blu-ray/DVD Reviews,Reviews

The ’83 US Festival was the second of two festivals Steve Wozniak put on in the hills near San Bernadino, California. A new DVD from MVD Visual is a pretty lame best-of compilation of this massive show.

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It’d been nearly a decade since I’d last seen Empire Records before I went to the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet to catch it last Thursday.

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Musician Thomas Dolby has never made a film until now. The Invisible Lighthouse is a personal documentary made almost solely by Dolby that details the closure of a lighthouse on the coast of England near his home in Suffolk.

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On Thursday, November 14, Middle of the Map Fest presents a 35mm screening of Empire Records at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet. Antennas Up will be playing songs from the movie — we asked, but they won’t tell us which ones. Mills Record Company will have a pop-up shop in the lobby.

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The 1983 hip-hop film Wild Style has its 30th anniversary this year and Chicago-based Music Box Films is releasing a bad-ass double-disc DVD set to celebrate on October 1. (It’s also available on VOD.) It’s a remastered version of the seminal movie, and the DVD extras include live performances, interviews, and a detailed booklet.

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This Saturday sees the release of the documentary Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop via Blue Hippo Media. This film is the official film of this year’s Record Store Day.

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These face-melting movie scenes count as some of the first real glimpses many of us had for gore. Despite the fact that you now see on prime-time television scientifically correct images of what happens when a body is rent asunder by an number of accidental causes, there’s something to be said for the cartoonish, yet horrendous manner in which a face just drips right away.

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‘I’m Now’ Doc Covers Seattle Fuzz Rockers Mudhoney

by Nick Spacek on March 11, 2013

in Blogs

I’m Now stays focused on Mudhoney. While Nirvana, Pearl Jam, et al are mentioned, it’s only when they’re pertinent to the narrative. At no point do the directors attempt to make this a more commercial film by making it about Mudhoney’s more well-known contemporaries.

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Michael Caine and Peter Billingsley headline two obscure cult thrillers from the 1980s out now on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy the Scream Factory arm of Shout! Factory. Do they hold up?

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Punk Rock Doc ‘My Career As a Jerk’ Not Enough of A Circle Jerk

by Nick Spacek on October 1, 2012

in Print Reviews,Reviews

All of the stories and line-up changes and drugs and alcohol abuse are recounted in My Career As A Jerk, and with minimal glossing-over.

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With the new documentary  Screaming In High Heels — out now on DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures — director Jason Paul Collum has done more than just chart the rise of “The Terrifying Trio” of cult actresses Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, and Linnea Quigley. Collum has also created a film that shows the decline of the grindhouse, [...]

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B-Movie ‘Zombie A-Hole’ Out on DVD Now

by Nick Spacek on August 14, 2012

in Print Reviews,Reviews

The special effects are what set Zombie A-Hole apart. Thanks to ever-more-powerful home computers, effects in your standard indie horror flick are better than some straight-to-video or SyFy original movies.

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Thursday, August 16, via Fathom Live, RiffTrax will tackle what is widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made: ‘Manos – The Hands of Fate.’ The movie perpetually ranks as one of the top MST3K episodes of all time, so we were curious as to why the RiffTrax crew would want to tackle it again.

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