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Two action movies from this summer have found their way to Blu-ray and DVD, and their budgets are in reverse proportion to their quality. Here’s my Blu-ray and DVD reviews.

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Even though Total Recall is full of imaginative sets and design, its futuristic world is never anything but a nifty-looking backdrop for its action sequences, which are admittedly better than average. But the world never really informs the characters – whose dialogue is also pretty bland – and the result is a little underwhelming.

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In a dystopian future, the world is only inhabitable in two places — Great Britain and Australia. The countries are connected through an underground tunnel that goes through the planet’s core and it serves as a handy dividing line between the rich and the poor. All of this is explained before the first scene of [...]

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This week, Eric and Trevan talk about Total Recall, the latest remake/reinterpretation/rehash/idea repurposing. The original wasn’t high art by any means, but does the Colin Farrell vehicle offer anything past the one-two punch of Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel? Listen on to find out! And once you have, stick around because the guys discuss the bizarre, [...]

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Whit Stillman’s witty, talky films ‘Metropolitan’ and ‘The Last Days of Disco’ are subject to an inordinate amount of critical dismissal, but on Criterion Blu-ray, they look like low-key classics.

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Two movies out now on Blu-ray and DVD highlight completely opposite ends of the production spectrum.

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I have seen all but one of the scheduled biopics that are opening for this year’s winter Oscar rush, but I have serious doubts that there will be a more engaging and exciting biography this year than The Aviator, Martin Scorsese’s breathless take on Howard Hughes’ glory years. Like Jamie Foxx in Ray, it features [...]

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