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Aisle Seat 12-16: Holiday Buyer's Guide Part 2
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/15/2014 - 9:00 PM
Norman Lear’s groundbreaking sitcom THE JEFFERSONS (1975-85, Complete Series DVD, Shout!) remains a classic TV comedy. After premiering in January 1975, CBS brought “The Jeffersons” back in the fall of that same year, running it on Saturday nights before shifting it to Mondays in January of ’76. While the show took some time finding its audience (CBS kept shuffling it around the schedule during its first few seasons), “The Jeffersons” continued to keep the laughs on coming as it further settled in, developed its ensemble cast and premise of an African-American drycleaner named George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) whose success enabled him to “move on up” to a deluxe apartment on Manhattan’s East Side.
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Aisle Seat 12-9: A Cinerama Spectacular
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/8/2014 - 9:00 PM
Some of the most exciting home video restorations of recent years has been the work of David Strohmaier on the original Cinerama features produced for the groundbreaking widescreen format in the 1950s. Flicker Alley released three of the restorations on Blu-Ray and DVD – “This is Cinerama,” “Cinerama Holiday” and “South Seas Adventure” – with additional work undertaken on “Windjammer,” which was shot using a similar, three-camera process known as “Cinemiracle.” Now Mr. Strohmaier is back with three more spectacular Blu-Ray releases, including two of the remaining Cinerama travelogues produced and hosted by Lowell Thomas.
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Aisle Seat 12-2: Holiday Buyer's Guide Part 1
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/1/2014 - 9:00 PM
Throughout the busy holiday season I’ll be running a special Aisle Seat highlighting a number of new home video titles that would make for solid gift giving for the movie buff in your life. With Christmas less than a month away, let’s get right to it!
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Aisle Seat 11-25: A Thanksgiving Feast
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
Not to be confused with the controversial, more exploitive “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” writer-director Lewis Jackson’s YOU BETTER WATCH OUT — also known as the pulpier titled CHRISTMAS EVIL – has been issued on DVD a few times over the years, but never more satisfyingly than Vinegar Syndrome’s new Blu-Ray edition (***, 1980, 95 mins., R).
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Aisle Seat 11-18: Fall Harvest Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
Lifted by one of Bill Murray’s more memorable and believable performances, Theodore Melfi’s ST. VINCENT (***½, 103 mins., 2014, PG-13) might be formulaic, but its earnest and warmhearted story makes it a refreshing change of pace for viewers disappointed with the likes of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and other, recent assaults on the senses coming out of Hollywood.
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Aisle Seat 11-11: Shout's Fantastic Fall Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
It’s tough to rag too much on a sci-fi film that does, at least, attempt to tell a genuine story augmented with “real science” in today’s age of mindless comic book fantasies. On the other hand, is it too much to ask for a film like Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR (**½, 169 mins., PG-13) to be less convoluted and more emotional – and by that I mean, actually move the viewer and not just throw up a group of characters crying hysterically on-screen?
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Aisle Seat 11-4: Election Day Wrap-Up
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
The gorgeously shot — kudos to director Robert Stromberg and cinematographer Dean Semler — but flawed “revisionist fairy tale”MALEFICENT (**½, 97 mins., PG; Disney) takes the perspective of the title villainess (a perfectly cast Angelina Jolie) as she curses Aurora, the King’s daughter (Elle Fanning), to a lifetime slumber upon her reaching the age of 16. Until that time, Maleficent actually becomes — grudgingly — some kind of fairy godmother to the girl, who lives in the forest, secluded from the castle and her increasingly deranged father, who wants only to destroy Malefcent and her fairy kingdom.
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Aisle Seat 10-28: Halloween Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Of the handful of ‘50s sci-fi/horror remakes that were released in the ‘80s, there’s more of a fan base now for the 1988 re-do of THE BLOB (***, 93 mins., R) than even David Cronenberg’s version of “The Fly.” Falling a bit behind the pinnacle of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” but ahead of Tobe Hooper’s stylishly designed but otherwise vapid “Invaders From Mars,” the ‘88 “Blob” is a fun, fast-paced and gooey opus – a clever update on the ‘50s Jack H. Harris production that launched the career of Steve McQueen.
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The Restoration of 1941 Plus: A Talk with Mike Matessino
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
Even if he lacked the courage of his convictions to produce a full-blown musical, Steven Spielberg’s 1941 isn’t entirely deserving of its rep as one of the weak links in the director’s filmography. In fact, with its dazzling Jitterbug dance sequence – which ranks with the finest standalone set-pieces in Spielberg’s oeuvre – “1941″ is a beautifully designed blast of kinetic energy, capped with a classic John Williams score that’s been newly restored on Blu-Ray to its original, intended 146-minute length.
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Aisle Seat TV on DVD: WONDER YEARS & WKRP
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
When THE WONDER YEARS debuted following the Super Bowl in January, 1988, the American TV sitcom would be changed forever. The ABC comedy-drama from creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black made an immediate impact on viewers – with its perceptive nostalgia and lack of a laugh track, the series helped to innovate the stagnant genre and has remained a fan favorite ever since.
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