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Aisle Seat 10-24: Superman, Spider-Man & The Old Dark House
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
After five Spider-Man movies, you might wonder what was left in the tank of Peter Parker’s webslinging adventures to translate to the big screen. Sony’s newest “reboot,” SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (***, 133 mins., 2017, PG-13)may not provide overwhelming evidence that its existence was actually necessary, but the film still overcomes a bumpy start to provide an appealing, visually upbeat experience that’s at least one of the more likeable Marvel cinematic adventures in recent memory.
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Aisle Seat 10-17: Shout! October Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
At the head of the class among October’s catalog releases is Shout Factory’s “Shout Select” Blu-Ray edition of THREE O’CLOCK HIGH (***½, 90 mins., PG-13), director Phil Joanou’s underrated 1987 high school gem that was stealth-produced by Steven Spielberg, who either couldn’t – or wouldn’t – put his name on the film, depending on whose story you believe.
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Aisle Seat 10-3: October Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
The modern preoccupation with belated film sequels and remakes has trickled down to even “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic that drew neither widespread critical kudos or commercial acceptance when it was first released in 1982. A cult favorite that’s obviously been more warmly embraced as the years have passed, Scott is onboard as a producer of BLADE RUNNER 2049 (***, 163 mins., R), an ambitious follow-up from one of its predecessor’s original writers and director Denis Villeneuve, architect of glacially paced works like “Sicario” and “Arrival.”
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Aisle Seat 9-26: IT, CE3K, Fall Kickoff Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/25/2017 - 9:00 PM
The wonder of Cinemascope and the majesty of Bernard Herrmann’s score are the two main reasons to take a trip BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF (102 mins., 1953), a musty old 20th Century-Fox melodrama that’s been supremely rendered in high-definition this month by Twilight Time. Given the movie’s checkered past of tepid home video releases, the glossy high-def Blu-Ray image may come as a revelation for many viewers, presenting a vibrant color presentation that enhances this early Fox anamorphic adventure.
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Aisle Seat 9-19: Wonder Woman, Sgt. Pepper on Blu-Ray
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/18/2017 - 9:00 PM
The fact that we haven’t had many female super-hero flicks makes  WONDER WOMAN (***, 143 mins., PG-13; Warner) a novelty by itself – and within the parameters of the genre, this lavish DC Comics box-office smash is a sturdy and well-made fantasy that pits the Amazon Princess against the German forces of WWI…or, to be more precise, Aries, the God of War, whom Diana (Gal Godot) believes is the source of all of mankind’s horrifying military struggles.
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Aisle Seat 9-12: 20th Anniversary Edition!
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
A box-office dud in the U.S. that seemed to sum up the disinterest audiences had with much of Hollywood’s Summer ’17 offerings, the Tom Cruise version of THE MUMMY (**, 110 mins., 2017, PG-13) makes a fast track to home video this week, hoping there will be a more interested set of viewers for its meager brand of “contemporary monster fantasy.”
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Aisle Seat 9-5: Back to School Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
The year’s not over yet but we already have a candidate for one of 2017’s most impressive catalog releases on home video, as Warner’s 4K UHD release of BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut (****, 117 mins., 1982, R) sports the most satisfying technical presentation yet of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic on home video.
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Aisle Seat 8-29: Twilight Time, 4K, Phenomena
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/22/2017 - 9:00 PM
Two very different films with “Summer” in their respective titles are part of Twilight Time’s latest batch of limited edition Blu-Rays, timed to coincide with these dwindling (say it isn’t so!) days of Summer 2017.

Paul Newman teamed up with director Martin Ritt and brilliant writers Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. for the duo’s first (of three) William Faulkner adaptations, THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (117 mins., 1958). 

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Aisle Seat 8-22: August Sizzler Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/21/2017 - 9:00 PM
A strange sequel that’s half “Alien” rehash and half “Prometheus” follow-up – albeit with none of the latter’s “bigger questions” actually being addressed – Ridley Scott’s ALIEN: COVENANT (**, 123 mins., 2017, R; Fox) serves up a serviceable but ultimately unsatisfying ride over narrative terrain we’ve covered many times over by now.
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Aisle Seat 8-15: THE GOOD, THE BAD and MR.MOM
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/14/2017 - 9:00 PM
One of three John Hughes-written vehicles from the summer of ’83, MR. MOM (***, 91 mins., 1983, PG) was a box-office hit that kicked off a run of domestic comedies making Hughes one of Hollywood’s major players throughout the rest of the decade. Now on Blu-Ray – and in widescreen for the first time ever on home video – Shout Factory’s upcoming Collector’s Edition pays tribute to this admittedly-antiquated audience favorite that was released at a time when such comedies could actually become commercial hits in the marketplace (not so much today, obviously).
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