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Aisle Seat 9-16: Krull, Godzilla & TV on Disc Spins
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/15/2014 - 9:00 PM
An expensive attempt by Columbia to cash-in on the then red-hot sword-and-sorcery and sci-fi/fantasy genres, the 1983 Saturday matinee adventure KRULL (***, 120 mins., PG) plays more like a semi-futuristic Errol Flynn swashbuckler than a rip-off of “Star Wars.”
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Aisle Seat 17th Anniversary Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/8/2014 - 9:00 PM
I wasn’t up watching THE EQUALIZER when it aired back in the ’80s, so I didn’t really know what to think of the series when I popped in VEI’s limited edition DVD box-set that’s newly available this week. After just a few minutes, though, I could tell why fans have long raved about the CBS series, which set the standard – alongside “Wiseguy” and “Miami Vice” – for television crime dramas in the mid-late ‘80s.
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Aisle Seat 9-2: Back to School Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/1/2014 - 9:00 PM
A few months ago I was watching TCM when they ran one of those archival, fluffy promotional “Making Of” featurettes inbetween movies. I was captivated by it because I had never heard of the film – an early ‘70s MGM “hayseed drama” named LOLLY-MADONNA XXX – despite the film offering an amazing array of talent, including Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan and a dynamite young cast comprised of Jeff Bridges, Scott Wilson, Gary Busey, Randy Quaid, Ed Lauter and Season Hubley. This rarely-screened picture – which has never been released on video in any format – has finally made its way back into circulation courtesy of the Warner Archives, restoring the scope dimensions of cinematographer Philip Lathrop and director Richard C. Sarafian.
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Aisle Seat 8-26: Shout! Summer Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/25/2014 - 9:00 PM
The writers of “Unforgiven” and “The Fugitive.” The director of “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” A cast comprised of Peter Weller, Richard Crenna and Hector Elizondo. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Cinematography from Oscar-nominee Alex Thomson. Creature design by Stan Winston. Add it all up and what do you get? The laughably bad 1989 MGM turkey LEVIATHAN (*½, 98 mins., R), which surfaces from the depths as a Shout Factory Blu-Ray just in time to bid adieu to the summer of 2014.
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Aisle Seat 8-19: Twilight Time, Muppets & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Overstuffed with villains, bombastic action and quite possibly one of the most obnoxious music scores ever written for the genre, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (**, 141 mins., 2014, PG-13; Sony) spins a web of mediocrity that might test the patience of even the most ardent fan of Your Friendly Neighborhood Webslinger.
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Aisle Seat 8-12: Disney, Divergent & New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Disney fans hoping the studio would open up their back catalog more frequently have a quartet of new releases to choose from this week, all in respectable Blu-Ray transfers.
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Aisle Seat 8-5: Demy, Herzog, DePalma & Paul Williams
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
A pair of new Blu-Ray anthologies offer retrospectives on the unique careers of filmmakers Jacques Demy and Werner Herzog. Given the overall lack of foreign film content in the high-definition format domestically, these two packages from Criterion and Shout Factory, respectively, rank as two of the format’s finest of the year.
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Aisle Seat Video Vault: ORCA & MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI, the unnecessary sequel to George Lucas’ 1973 classic, has been largely forgotten about as the years have passed but is, especially for “American Graffiti” admirers, worthy of rediscovery (**½, 108 mins., 1979, PG; Universal).
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Aisle Seat 7-22: Summer Sizzler Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
As someone who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, my knowledge of the Golden Age of Radio is virtually non-existent. I recall my dad referring to “The Shadow” a few times, and remember listening to Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast, but it’s an art form I wish I always had more exposure to.
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Aisle Seat 7-15: Apes, Shout, Olive & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
Sturdy and entertaining, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (***, 130 mins., PG-13) finds ape and man – what’s left of it in a post-plague San Francisco – existing tenuously in this worthy sequel to 2011′s surprising “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
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