The Friends of Eddie Coyle gets the Criterion trea...

Another classic crime flick is getting some love from the folks at Criterion, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE will be released, as part of the Criterion Collection, on April 28th. In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against...

GOODFELLAS: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray set for May

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced that, on May 5th, they will release GOODFELLAS on 2-Disc Blu-ray featuring a new documentary with interviews from Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and more, and a 36-page photo book exploring the films far-reaching influence. The book also includes a letter written by Martin Scorsese. GoodFellas, which  film critic Roger Ebert called the best mob movie ever, has been remastered from a 4k scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Following the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters...

DVD Review: THE EQUALIZER

THE EQUALIZER Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Director: Antoine Fuqua Cast: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour I was a HUGE fan of this TV series back in the 80s. Robert McCall was cool. He was suave and had skills and when h said I can help you, you damn well believed it. The movie I watched had very little to do with the TV show and it wasn’t until around the last quarter of the movie that there was any similarity. The last 5 minutes did turn around and what I saw was something based on the show. The majority of the movie is basically a prequel setting up Robert McCall to become the Equalizer. For the...

Home Entertainment Release recap for January 20th,...

Just a couple of notable crime releases today: THE DROP (based on a Dennis Lehane short story) and Luc Besson’s LUCY. THE DROP (2014) Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Featurettes: “Keeping it Real,” “Making of The Drop,” “Making Brooklyn Your Own,” “Rocco the Dog,” “Character Profile: James Gandolfini”; deleted scenes; commentary by director Michael R. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane. (Fox). This Crime drama follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of...

Home Entertainment Release Recap for January 6, 20...

Hope the new year has started well for all. January, like December is a quiet time of the year for home entertainment releases. But there are a couple things that have me excited: Anchor Bay is releasing the film of Joe Hill’s fairly entertaining HORNS and Shout! Factory is giving us a Blu-ray release of the classic THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL. ARCHER: The Complete Season Five (2014) Thirteen episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: (Fox). BLACK SAILS: The Complete First Season (2014) Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Black Sails: A Look Inside,” “Dress to...

Home Entertainment Release Recap for Dec 30th, 201...

Not surprisingly, today is a pretty lean day for releases. Of note are season two of the Cinemax series BANSHEE as well as Denzel Washington’s THE EQUALIZER. BANSHEE: The Complete Second Season (2014) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.99, Extras: “Banshee Origins” story before the story with a dozen prequel videos featuring the cast of Banshee; “Conversation Between Olek & the Albino”; “Zoomed In: Episodes 1-4 & 6-8″ behind-the-scenes; commentaries with cast & crew; deleted scenes; episode recaps; trailers. Blu-ray adds “Inside the Title...