DVD Review: The Darkest Hour

DARKEST HOUR Universal Home Entertainment I’ve always been a fan of movies about the European WWII stuff. I just can’t get enough. We recently finally saw Dunkirk and I quite enjoyed it. DARKEST HOUR came out on disc this week so I popped in the Blu-Ray last night. I am pretty familiar with this period of history and even more so having just watched Ken Burn’s The Roosevelts. So going into this I had some knowledge of the events. This movie did give a nice look into the turmoil that Winston Churchill was dealing with both personally and with his war cabinet. He was never popular with the people in charge but the people grew to love and...

DVD Review: Murder On The Orient Express

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS 20th Century Fox Most mystery fans know Murder On The Orient Express, we’ve read the book or we’ve seen David Suchet play Poirot in PBS’s Mystery series or even the film from the 70s with Albert Finney. I guess what I’m saying is most of us already know the story. Agatha Christie is one of the all time best mystery writers for a reason and the story is terrific. In this up dated version they hold pretty close to the original story though I did feel that it was a bit simplified for today’s audience. That’s ok, there was a great cast and it was filmed beautifully. I really liked Johnny Depp, he felt like a cross...

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 free...

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...