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The Fly Collection (The Fly / Return Of The Fly / The Curse Of The Fly)
The Fly Collection (The Fly / Return Of The Fly / The Curse Of The Fly)
DVD ~ David Hedison
Price: $26.49
30 used & new from $18.76

4.0 out of 5 stars A fine set...., October 16, 2014
This set includes the original three Fly horror films from the fifties and sixties. "The Fly" and "The Return of the Fly" feature Vincent Price. I also enjoyed the third in the series "The Curse of the Fly", which is perhaps even darker and more gothic than the first two. It certainly holds its own against the first two, and was maybe even my favourite of the three. Yes, surprise, surprise. It certainly is more diabolical, reminding me somewhat of the "Island of Dr. Moreau", as a myriad of people become victims of the scientists' experiments.

All three are in their own case, as is a fourth disc which has the special features, and includes a 44 minute episode (1977) from Biography, featuring Vincent Price. There is also a featurette entitled, "Fly Trap: Catching a Classic", and various images of pressbooks, posters, and movie cards. All in all a very nice set with excellent quality DVDs.

Creature from the Black Lagoon [Blu-ray] (1954)
Creature from the Black Lagoon [Blu-ray] (1954)
DVD ~ Richard Carlson
Price: $12.96
28 used & new from $7.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3D..., October 10, 2014
I bought this because I was curious to try out the 3D, and it is excellent. The movie has been made so one can watch it on their passive or active 3D TV. It doesn't use the cheap red/blue 3D glasses. The underwater scenes in particular are great with fish swimming right up into one's lap. The early scene where the fossil hand is found in the side of the cliff appears to stick out about six feet from the tv screen almost touching the viewer. So the scenes are even more suspenseful with the 3D which is as good as I've seen.
One really feels like we are swimming under the water with the creature through the weeds!

Alice In Wonderland (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
Alice In Wonderland (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Johnny Depp
Price: $24.96
28 used & new from $19.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3D movie..., October 3, 2014
This is one of the best 3D movies I have seen out of the 50 or so that I have watched. It is on par with Avatar for 3D effects. Images actually situate themselves in front of the tv, unlike some so called 3D movies where the image is restricted mostly behind the tv screen. The images are also very interesting and imaginative. An excellent movie!

Phantom of the Opera (1925) (Silent) [Blu-ray]
Phantom of the Opera (1925) (Silent) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Lon Chaney
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing looking 1929 version..., October 1, 2014
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This blu-ray has three versions of the Phantom of the Opera. It has the original 1925 (114min) version which was copied from a 16mm source, and then two versions of the 1929 reissue with one presented at 24 frames per second(78min) and the other at 20 frames per second(92min). Both of the 1929 films are the same film but run for different lengths because of the variation in the film speeds, however the 24 frames per second film has also been remastered even better than the 20 frames per second film and looks simply amazing, though don't expect all of the scratches and oxidizing markings to be completely removed. This film is lucky to be around at all given the volatile stock which was used for this film and others from this era. The original 1925 film is the roughest looking by far, but also shows the original film in its entirety. The 1929 films were reedited, with other parts refilmed, like a portion of the ballet sequence. The 20 frame per second version also comes with an excellent commentary by Dr. Jon Mirsalis, and an orchestral score by Gabriel Thibaudeau. The 24 frames per second film version comes with Gaylord Carter's organ score or a brand new score by the Alloy Orchestra which is very good, and moody/creepy. The 1929 versions are colour tinted, with the famous "Bal Masque" sequence in Technicolor, and other segments hand colored, which is quite striking and an unexpected surprise. Anyways, a really amazing blu-ray which has been wonderfully remastered.
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I Frankenstein (3D) [Blu-ray]
I Frankenstein (3D) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Aaron Eckhardt
Price: $13.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent action fantasy...., September 23, 2014
I've watched this film about four times now and I seem to enjoy it more and more. The visuals are top notch, and the movie seems to be made by the same people who brought us Underworld, even some of the actors are the same as those from the Underworld series. If one can suspend their judgement and immerse oneself in an action fantasy about demons and gargoyles fighting it out, with a rejuvenated Frankenstein monster thrown into the mix, then one may enjoy this film. The ending really is spellbinding, and explosive, especially in 3D.

The Signal (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD)
The Signal (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD)
DVD ~ Brenton Thwaites
Price: $24.95
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3.0 out of 5 stars My two cents worth...., September 23, 2014
This film was entertaining and kept me interested right to the end, though it does come across as a hodgepodge with the director looking for a style...sometimes it seems we're watching a teen coming-of-age film, and at other times a horror film like The Blair Witch Project, or at other times a paranoia sci-fi film like "Seconds", with a visually dramatic ending that seems to come from nowhere, and leaves us feeling we've been taken for a ride...

The Bronte Sisters [Blu-ray]
The Bronte Sisters [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Isabelle Huppert
Price: $13.99
17 used & new from $10.83

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite bleak..., September 16, 2014
"The Bronte Sisters"(1979) is directed by Andre Techine. This film is about the three famous authors/sisters who lived in England in the countryside, and all died at a very young age(29,30,38). The father, Patrick Bronte, survived his whole family, living until age 84.The director wanted to minimize any fantasy about the sisters and in doing so also minimized most of the drama. What we are presented with is a very dour, grey, and quiet movie, very northern European. This film might best be watched in the dead of winter with a fireplace to warm one's being. Yes, it is grim, and the characters often seem overly restrained with pent up feelings ready to burst, but this is an interesting film with many beautiful haunting landscapes as nature was an important aspect of the sisters lives which was depicted in their novels like "Wuthering Heights".

This movie also includes a 60 minute documentary with interviews with the director and screenwriter, and an 8 page booklet with photos and credits.

DVD ~ Nicole Kidman
Price: $5.00
284 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting drama..., September 5, 2014
This review is from: Birth (DVD)
"Birth"(2004) is directed by Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin, Sexy Beast). This films stars Nicole Kidman whose husband has recently died, and Cameron Bright, as Sean, a young boy who claims to be her deceased husband. This haunting film follows the emotional roller coaster ride of Nicole's character (Anna) as she tries to come to grips with the passing of her husband and this little boy's assertion. The film is beautifully photographed and its refreshing to watch a film that is so strongly character based. We are gripped by Nicole's performance as she is emotionally torn.

The dvd also looks extremely good in picture quality and clarity. There are no special features though.

The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
DVD ~ Elizabeth Taylor
Price: $6.61
85 used & new from $0.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could use remastering...., September 5, 2014
This review is from: The Taming of the Shrew (DVD)
Zeffirelli's "Taming of the Shrew"(1967) is an effective cinematic version of the Shakespearean play and a treat for fans of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
The actual dvd is okay, though there are numerous instances of dirt on the image.
The film doesn't appear to be remastered at all, and surprisingly I noticed during one sequence a hallow around a white blanket. The images in general are a bit on the soft side. It would be wonderful to see this film given the royal treatment some day. Also the only extras are bios. All in all still worth it for the price under $10.
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Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper, White
Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper, White
Price: $18.63
117 used & new from $12.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent popper..., September 5, 2014
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This machine is relatively quiet compared to my last hot air popper, and it has a deep enough chamber to keep the corn from popping out before it pops, unlike my last popper which shot out lots of corn before it had popped. And most importantly it pops most of the corn. Wonderful. No complaints.

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