blu-ray review

This review of new Blu-ray/DVDs of “Limitless” and “Take Me Home Tonight”originally appears on KTKA-49. “Limitless” is new out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, and it stars Bradley Cooper as an unmotivated man who takes a pill that allows him to finally live up to his utmost potential. Suddenly, he’s finished his book in [...]

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This review of the new Criterion Blu-rays “Black Moon” and “Zazie dans le Metro” appears on KTKA-49. Famed director Louis Malle has two movies new out on Blu-ray this month and both are variations on the tradition of film surrealism. “Black Moon,” which has been unavailable for years on home video, is a bizarre movie [...]

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This review of “Cedar Rapids” and “Elektra Luxx” on Blu-ray and DVD appears on KTKA-49. When “Cedar Rapids” hit theaters back in February, it barely made a mark at the box office. Maybe it was the fact that most of the movie takes place at an insurance conference in Iowa that kept people away. Or [...]

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This Blu-ray review of Criterion’s new “Kiss Me Deadly” transfer appears on KTKA-49. Criterion’s new Blu-ray issue of the classic 1955 hard-boiled film noir “Kiss Me Deadly” is out now and is a must-have for any serious film fan. Ralph Meeker plays Mike Hammer, the famous detective created by Mickey Spillane, in a movie that [...]

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This Blu-ray review of “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Tigerland” appears on KTKA-49. “Battle: Los Angeles,” released in theaters earlier this spring and “Tigerland,” a Vietnam-era movie from the year 2000, are both new out on DVD and Blu-ray. At first glance, the only thing they have in common is that they’re both war movies. Granted, [...]

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This review of “The Hustler” and “The Comancheros” 50th Anniversary Blu-ray editions appears on KTKA-49. What better way for Dad to spend Father’s Day than relaxing on the couch with two of Hollywood’s manliest screen personas? New on Blu-ray now is “The Hustler,” with Paul Newman playing Fast Eddie Felson, the role that would cement [...]

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This DVD/Blu-ray review of “Just Go With It” appears on KTKA-49. Back in February, when I reviewed the new below-average formulaic romcom from Adam Sandler, “Just Go With It,” I complained about how tired and crammed full of cheap jokes it was. Nothing’s changed there–the unfortunate movie remains the same. And it’s a shame that [...]

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This review of Criterion’s new Blu-ray releases of “Diabolique” and “Pale Flower” appears on KTKA-49. Criterion is releasing some pretty great new Blu-ray transfers of movie classics right now, and two recent releases showcase what a great format Blu-ray is for making old movies seem modern. Of course, it helps when the films are way [...]

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This review of “The Illusionist” appears on KTKA-49. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars earlier this year, “The Illusionist” is a beautifully rendered melancholy tribute to a brand of entertainers that has long since passed. Director Sylvain Chomet follows an elderly magician in the declining years of his career. It’s 1959, and television, [...]

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This review of “Farewell” appears on KTKA-49. A 2010 espionage thriller that may have slipped under your radar is now out on Blu-ray and DVD and is definitely worth checking out. “Farewell” is loosely based on the story of a KGB analyst in the early 1980s who became disillusioned with the Soviet regime and began [...]

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This review of “The Green Hornet” 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack appears on KTKA-49. Well, all the buzz in the home video market this year has been around Blu-ray and 3D technology. With the pricing of HDTVs going down and their availability going up, Blu-rays are certainly catching on, but what will become of 3D at [...]

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This review of the “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” appears on KTKA-49. Already available in a Criterion Collection DVD, director Terry Gilliam’s cult movie “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is issued in glorious 1080p HD on Tuesday when Criterion puts out this bonus-filled Blu-ray disc. An adaptation of the seemingly un-adaptable Hunter S. [...]

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This review of the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ Blu-ray/DVD combo pack appears on KTKA-49. Out this week in a feature-filled DVD/Blu-ray combo pack is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” or the beginning of the end. The quality of the “Harry Potter” movie adaptations has varied wildly over the [...]

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Here’s my review of “White Material” and “Le Cercle Rouge,” out on Tuesday in deluxe Blu-ray presentations from the Criterion Collection.

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