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Aisle Seat 2-21: Kino Lorber February, Manchester By The Sea
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
A cult favorite for many who grew up in the ‘80s, the “Karate Kid” knockoff NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER (84/95 mins., 1986, PG) has been dusted off, remastered and resurrected on Blu-Ray by Kino Lorber. Viewers resistant to the charms of adrenaline-pumping training montages, martial arts action and terrible acting might want to avoid it, but fans will find this US-shot Hong Kong production to be a blast of nostalgia, presented here in both its international release version and New World Pictures’ shorter US theatrical cut.
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Aisle Seat 2-14: It's Valentine's Day!
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/13/2017 - 9:00 PM
In terms of where the intergalactic drama ARRIVAL lies in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, “Sicario” helmer Denis Villenuve’s much praised picture falls somewhere between solid and not quite out of this world. Certainly the film provides Amy Adams with one of her strongest roles to date: a linguistics professor, suffering from the loss of her daughter, who’s tapped by the military to translate the sounds of extraterrestrial visitors, currently camped in over a dozen ships around the globe.
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Aisle Seat 2-7: February Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/6/2017 - 9:00 PM
A slick French production starring three big draws at their domestic box-office at the time – Jean Gabin, Alain Delon and Lino Ventura – THE SICILIAN CLAN (***, 118/125 mins., 1969) is an interesting, if sometimes too leisurely, crime drama that was co-produced by 20th Century Fox a few years before “The Godfather” would re-define the “mob movie.”
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Aisle Seat 1-31: Trailers, Poltergeists & Other Horrors
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/30/2017 - 9:00 PM
Do you like trailers? Are you a fan of ‘80s horror? Can you occasionally hear the dulcet tones of Percy Rodriguez dancing about in the air? It’s early, sure, but I believe I’ve already seen my favorite Blu-Ray of 2017. It’s Garagehouse’s latest endeavor: TRAILER TRAUMA 3: ‘80s HORRORTHON, an outstanding anthology of over 250 trailers on two Blu-Ray platters, housing 4K-mastered original trailers for virtually every single genre exercise produced between 1980-89. Everything one could possibly imagine is contained in this spectacular release, both major studio exercises and low-budget affairs from a decade chock full of classics – cult and otherwise.
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Aisle Seat 1-24: Twilight Time, New Peanuts & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
A pair of interesting, if commercially unsuccessful, Jane Fonda vehicles grace Twilight Time’s roster of limited-edition Blu-Ray releases this month, along with Stanley Donen’s memorable ‘60s road trip romance TWO FOR THE ROAD with Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn, plus a spectacular release for 3D enthusiasts.
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Aisle Seat 1-17: THE LOVE BOAT's Winter Cruise
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
The best way for me to explain my fondness for THE LOVE BOAT is to flashback to my review of Season 1 of the series on DVD. My freshman – and, as it turns out, only – year at Ithaca College in central New York was packed with memories. Road trips to Syracuse to meet “Recordman” (FSM’s resident LP expert Mike Murray), snow-filled weekends watching laserdiscs in the dorm, and many weekends hanging out with friends – including Paul MacLean, who basically saved me from a life of boredom single-handedly – were the good times.
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Aisle Seat 1-10: January Chiller Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
Ben Affleck’s tenure as Batman may have already hit something of a snag – with the star/director apparently unenthusiastic over helming the next standalone film starring the Dark Knight – but in 2016, he starred in a superior, comic-booky thriller that legitimately warrants its own sequel: THE ACCOUNTANT (***, 128 mins., 2016, R), which bows on Blu-Ray this week from Warner.
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Aisle Seat 12-27: Christmas & New Year's Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
Another year has come and gone, incredibly, so as we bid adieu to 2016, I’d like to thank all of my regular readers for their comments and message board contributions! This final column is a Christmas/New Years special, so I will be updating it periodically with additional reviews as the few year-end releases trickle in. From the bottom of my heart, have a merry yuletide season and we’ll catch you back here in the New Year!
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Aisle Seat 12-20: A Return Trip to the Twilight Zone
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/19/2016 - 9:00 PM
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE is certainly something different in the “Star Wars” series. The first film in the franchise to break from the Skywalkers and tell the story of rebel spies who infiltrate the Empire in order to steal the coveted plans for the Death Star, this standalone prequel made headlines over the summer for its reportedly troubled production history. Ultimately, no matter who was – or wasn’t – responsible for “Rogue One,” the end result is a joyless, depressing affair that’s designed strictly for aging fans of the series and not the broader family audience that’s long been its focal point.
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Aisle Seat 12-13: 4K, Suicide Squad & Shout New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/12/2016 - 9:00 PM
Remember the summer of 1984, when “Temple of Doom,” “Gremlins,” “Conan the Destroyer,” “Cloak & Dagger” (what an unsung classic!), “Buckaroo Banzai” and “The Last Starfighter” were released? Alas, we don’t see too many seasons of quality popcorn-munching fare like those films these days. One of the many genre movies released that summer was the engaging fantasy-thriller DREAMSCAPE (***, 99 mins., 1984, PG-13), now on Blu-Ray in a superior Special Edition from Shout! Factory.
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