dvd review

Perhaps more than any other art-house European film of the 1960s, Ingmar Bergman’s striking 1966 masterpiece Persona embodies the period.

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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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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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Last year was a great one for movies with big themes and stunning cinematography. No two movies from 2012 encapsulate both of these traits better than Life of Pi and The Master, and both are now out to own on Blu-ray.

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The movie is shot from a five-year-old’s point of view, so everything has a magical, dream-like quality to it. You’ve seen tales of courage before, but never one told with such an original, focused eye on the person telling it. By the time ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is over, you may be hypnotized by its strange beauty and individualism, even as you feel the tragic depth of Hushpuppy’s situation.

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A pair of tongue-in-cheek movies about aliens are new on Blu-ray and DVD this week and neither of them involve Men in Black.

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Besides being a film of immense spectacle with some of the most beautiful landscape shots you’ll ever see, famed British director David Lean’s movie also works on a personal level.

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Famous director David Lean is perhaps known best for his war epics The Bridge On The River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, but The Criterion Collection has recently released a box set of Lean’s first four movies, and it shows that Lean was quickly becoming a master storyteller the moment he stepped out from the [...]

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This review originally appeared on KTKA-TV and KSNT-TV, Kansas First News. The prequel of sorts “X-Men: First Class” was a return to form for the superhero series, exploring the origin of Magneto and Professor X’s friendship and putting that against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are terrific in [...]

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This review originally appeared on KTKA-TV and KSNT-TV, Kansas First News. Although it was just in theaters a short four months ago after a Sundance premiere, the coming-of-age-in-the-early-1980s movie “Skateland,” directed by Anthony Burns, is already out on Blu-ray and DVD. It treads the well-worn territory of the ‘boy who doesn’t know what to do [...]

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This review originally appeared in video format on KTKA-ABC, and KSNT-NBC: Kansas First News. Two movies, new out on DVD and Blu-ray now, examine violence in very different ways. Last year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film, “In a Better World,” directed by Susanne Bier, tells the present-day story of a doctor (Mikael Persbrandt) [...]

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This review originally appeared on KTKA and KSNT, Kansas First News. Here is a look at two movies new out on DVD and Blu-ray. Is it possible that two movies with similar titles could be any farther apart thematically than these two? “Priest,” starring Paul Bettany as a vampire hunter in an apocalyptic CGI-ed future, is [...]

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This review originally appeared in video format on KTKA-ABC, and KSNT-NBC: Kansas First News. This week, two movies that mix supernatural elements with comedy and drama are out on Blu-ray and DVD. First up is “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,” starring Brandon Routh—who you may remember as Superman from Bryan Singer’s underrated “Superman Returns”—playing a [...]

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This review originally appeared in video format on KTKA-ABC, and KSNT-NBC: Kansas First News. Loosely based on the true story of eight Christian monks who cared for the poor and sick in Algeria in the early 1990s, the smash hit from France “Of Gods and Men,” directed by Xavier Beauvois, is now out on DVD [...]

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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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