Broadchurch Season 3 DVD Review

BROADCHURCH Season 3 Momentum Pictures I’m a big fan of British crime dramas and David Tennant so I of course have been keeping up with Broadchurch. Season one was really good with a great mystery to be solved. Season two was good but I thought spent a little too much time in court dwelling on events of season one. Season three has our detectives both working together again in Broadchurch on a new case. This time out they are dealing with a rape case and its impact on the community is heavier than it might be in a bigger place. The case itself in fascinating to watch and is very clever in it’s revealing episode to episode. Nice twists and...

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION Universal Studios Home Entertainment October 2017   I’ve been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock for a long time. I think my first Hitchcock movie experience was THE BIRDS and I was hooked. As a teenager I bought books about him and studied them. In the early 90s I joined the Time Life Hitchcock club and got a movie every 6 – 8 weeks. I know there are some earlier movies I haven’t seen but I think I’ve seen at least 45 of the 53. Over the years I’ve run across various collections. Many are just cheap set of the older movies and the movies look terrible and have not been cleaned up. It’s ok if that’s the only...

HBO’S VICE PRINCIPALS Season One

With the sheer volume of television stations and the number of shows they produce it’s close to impossible to keep up with it all unless you are a full time viewer and that’s ALL you do. Having a number of other things going on in my life there are shows that slip by me and I discover later by some means or another.  While strolling through Target last week I spotted a DVD cover that caught my eye. Light blue with simple graphics. The package said VICE PRINCIPALS.  I picked it up and saw that I starred Walter Goggins and Danny McBride. I also saw the words comedy and HBO and that was enough, I brought that sucker home.   Having a night...

HEAT: Director’s Definitive Edition Coming H...

Michael Mann’s HEAT is a kind of Love/Hate film. I enjoy the hell out of it, but find some of the secondary storylines distracting and make the film a tad too long. 20th Century Fox is now releasing a new edition they claim is truly what Michael Mann envisioned. In the wake of a precision heist of an armored van, the crew of a fierce, professional thief (Robert De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Al Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other in Mann’s dazzling, twilight vision of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate and their lives begin to unravel, the crew initiates its most...

FORTITUDE Season 1 DVD Review

FORTITUDE Sky Looking at the cover of the DVD set made me think of Whiteout, a fun mystery set in Antarctica based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka. Going in I was expecting a story set in a cold climate with a lot of outdoors stuff and while those are aspects of the story that is far from all of it. Fortitude is a small town on an island in the arctic circle. It’s supposed to be one of the safest places on earth. A character describes this in a way that makes sense. Paraphrasing: “People who come here need to be able to put a roof over their head and provide for themselves. So people here are happy and we have no crime.” The town really is...

THE TUNNEL Complete First Season

THE TUNNEL The Complete First Season PBS I’ve reached the point where any thing on PBS that has a mystery is going to be on my list of things to watch. Life threw me a couple hiccups so it took a little longer to get to this than I would have liked, but I sat down and did the whole thing in one marathon viewing. WOW. We open on a crime scene in the tunnel connecting France and England, a body is found perfectly centered on the border. The French have the case and a Brit copper shows up after they received a courtesy call. Things change from a little uncomfortable to weird when the body is being moved and falls in to two perfectly even...