Category: "Home Video"

Day of the Dead: Bloodline Blu-Ray Review

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It all started back in 1968 with George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead (just released by the Criterion Collection). While it didn't create the "zombie", it did create the genre as we know it. There would be no "The Walking Dead" were it not for Night of the Living Dead. Mr. Romero followed up his masterpiece with two more films to create the original Dead trilogy: Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). In the 2000s, he would release a new Dead trilogy: Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009). All three films of the original trilogy have been remade, more so for the original film because it fell into the public domain (due to the lack of a copyright notice), and thus it was "free" to all who wanted to rip it off. Dawn of the Dead received a popular theatrical remake in 2004, written by James Gunn and directed by Zack Snyder. Day of the Dead has now been remade twice; first in 2008 as a film starring Ving Rhames and Mena Suvari, and now as Day of the Dead: Bloodline starring Sophie Skelton and Johnathon Schaech.

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Hellraiser: Judgment Blu-Ray Review

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The Hellraiser franchise has been one of the longest-running in the horror genre. To date there are 10 films in the series: Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound (1988), Hell on Earth (1992), Bloodline (1996), Inferno (2000), Hellseeker (2002), Hellworld (2005), Deader (2005), Revelations (2011), and the latest entry - Hellraiser: Judgment. I have seen every one of these films (save for maybe Revelations), and what's unique about this series is that most of the films after the first two have been standalone films that have had little to nothing to do with the ones that came before or after it. That's not a surprise since most of them are based on scripts that did not start off as Hellraiser projects. That doesn't change with Judgment, but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad film.

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Class of 1999 Blu-Ray Review (Vestron Video Collector's Series)

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Class of 1999 arrives on Blu-ray as the 14th entry in Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series, "a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features." I have reviewed several other titles in the series.

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Gothic Blu-Ray Review (Vestron Video Collector's Series)

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Gothic arrives on Blu-ray as the 13th entry in Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series, "a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features." I have reviewed several other titles in the series.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular Blu-Ray & DVD Comparison Review

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Today I'll be doing something a little different from my usual type of review. This will be a "comparison review", which will be a short and sweet comparison between TimeLife's Blu-ray and DVD releases of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007). The DVD, which was released on November 4, 2008, has a runtime of 1:21:01. The Blu-ray, which was released four years later on November 6, 2012, has a runtime of 1:24:08. You'll notice that the Blu-ray is three minutes longer. I'll explain why in a little bit.

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