Monday, January 9, 2017

'Blair Witch Blu-Ray' Review

The woods around Burkittsville, Maryland are supposed to be haunted. It has been twenty years since James Donahue (James Allen McCune) has seen his sister Heather. Heather was last spotted in the nearby woods while she and her friends worked on 'The Blair Witch Project'. The group had been searching the woods for evidence of foul play. You see, there had been several mysterious and unexplained events over the years and they wanted answers. What the team got became part of the mystery. They never made it out of the woods, alive.

Twenty years later James sees a video on YouTube and his sister is on it. Supposedly she's in a old house deep in the woods. James gathers some friends to go search for her. He takes Lisa (Callie Hernandez) a student filmmaker who is working on a story about the Blair Witch. He also takes his friends Peter (Brandon Scott) and Ashley (Corbin Reid) along for the ride. They really have high hopes in finding Heather or at least finding out what happened to her.

They get together with Lane (Wes Robinson) and Talia (Valorie Curry) once they are in Maryland. Wes and Talia were the people who had posted the video on YouTube with Heather on it. The two want to go along with the others and since they know where this place Heather might be, James allows them to come along.
They arrive at the woods and begin their search. All is good at first but soon everything begins to go crazy. It doesn't take long before the group knows that something is terribly wrong and that all that has been said about the woods is real.

Lionsgate brings this horror to us on DVD on January 3rd, 2017. The quality of the Blu-Ray is excellent and the sights and sounds are perfect. This is definitely one that you will want to add to that personal horror library. You will want to make some popcorn and sit back on a snowy night and just let your imagination go. This movie will make you love being afraid all over again. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends Featuring Jerry Seinfeld' DVD Review

If you were a young comic back in the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's one of your big steps would come from an appearance on The Tonight Show. Young comics would come from the comedy store and if they were good enough they might get a wave of the hand to come over and sit with Johnny Carson. One such comic was a young Jerry Seinfeld. He would first appear on the show on May 6th, 1981. Johnny Carson was very impressed and Seinfeld would become a frequent guest. Seinfeld would later get his own show on NBC in 1989 and it would go onto become one of TV's greatest hits.

Now, the DVD will feature three shows with the first show coming from June 27th, 1985. This show would just be another visit by the young comic except it would feature "Mr. Rambo's Neighborhood" a skit made famous by The Mighty Carson Art Players. The second show that is featured will come from February 21th, 1986. It would have drag racer Shirley Muldowney and would have the first appearance of Oprah Winfrey on The Tonight Show. History in the making was this show. The third selection comes from June 9th, 1988 and would have Arnold Schwarzenegger and Andre Agassi as guests along with Jerry Seinfeld. The young comic had made a name for himself by now and would have his own show within the year.

Timelife brings this collection of shows to DVD on January 10th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This DVD will make a great addition to that personal library of yours. This will keep you laughing all the way through it. Watch a young Jerry Seinfeld work his way into the heart of America. Enjoy.

'The Red Skelton Hour In Color' DVD Review

Red Skelton began taping his weekly shows in an old converted movie studio. For CBS he was the first to do so in color. The son of an old circus clown Red Skelton would become the clown prince of TV comedy. His zany characters like Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye, and one of my favorites Freddie the Freeloader would keep us in stitches for twenty beautiful years. His shows were suited for the whole family. You had comedy, dancing and singing and for an hour each week you could count on being entertained.

Red Skelton was brilliant. He knew what America wanted and he delivered. This clown prince as he was called would have the best of the best for entertainers on his show. Stars like Phyllis Diller, John Wayne, Mickey Rooney, Tim Conway, and Milton Berle. Red was a patriot through and through. He loved America and it would show each week on his shows. Red would become an accomplished painter, mostly painting clowns. Skelton loved to entertain and if you were lucky to be alive when his show was on I guarantee that you were one of many who would have watched his shows.

Timelife has put together 12 never before released episodes onto DVD and you will be able to buy it on January 3rd, 2017. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are terrific. This is history at its best. TV was young and innocent and Red Skelton was a perfect fit. This will make a perfect addition to that personal library. Your children and grandchildren will thank you over and over for picking this up. This is wonderful entertainment for the whole family. Comedy is supreme if you watch Red Skelton. Entertainment is delivered every single time when Red Skelton is concerned. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

'Jericho Of Scotland Yard' DVD Review

DCI Michael Jericho (Robert Lindsay) is a top notch detective for Scotland Yard. He works on some of the more high profiled cases and always seems to have his picture in the tabloids. Set in 1950's London the war is long gone and a vibrant feel has taken over the city. Jericho is aided by his trusted sergeant Clive Harvey (David Troughton) and a young go getter DC John Caldicott (Ciaran McMenamin).

Michael Jericho is a somewhat troubled sort of chap. When he was just a lad he witnessed his father killed and the murder was never solved. This haunts Jericho to this day. His father was a policeman and this had something to do with him becoming a cop as well. Jericho was in love once and it was during the war. While he fought overseas his girl ran off with someone else. Jericho never married and this may have something to do with his callous lifestyle. There is one plus to his off duty antics and it has to do with a young lady in his building. Her name is Juliette (Aurelie Bargeme) but she is a local prostitute. Jericho fancy's her but can't seem to find a way of asking her out. Jericho is excellent at his job but with his dark side mostly dealing with his past it makes you wonder just how long he can carry on with his job. Sergeant Harvey does an excellent job of keeping his friend and boss in line but only time will tell if Jericho can continue as the top notch detective of Scotland Yard.

Acorn brings this wonderful crime drama to DVD on December 27th, 2016.  The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This will make a great addition to that personal library. It would also make a wonderful gift this holiday season for that special friend or relative. So sit back and enjoy this wonderfully done crime drama set in 1950's London. Watch the show and see if you can put it all together as to who did the terrible deed. Enjoy.

'Close To The Enemy' DVD Review

WWII has ended. The gathering of information against the Germans for the war crimes trials is taking place. The Cold War is beginning to take shape and enemies just a few years ago are now showing signs of friendship.

Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess) was an intelligence officer during the war. He must complete one last thing for the British army and that is to convince a German scientist named Dieter Kohler (August Diehl) to work for the British. Koehler worked for the Nazis and was part of the jet propulsion group. Ferguson wants Koehler to build a jet engine for the British army. The problem is Koehler is being investigated for war crimes and is being hounded by a young woman working for the war crimes tribunal by name of Kathy Griffiths.

Ferguson also has his own problems to deal with other than swaying Koehler to work for the British. Ferguson's younger brother is fighting the psychological trauma that he experienced due to the war. Ferguson is also deeply attracted to his best friends wife Rachel Lombard (Charlotte Riley). The war turned the world upside down and friends before the war are now healing their wounds and being friends again. Ferguson and Koehler are slowly forming a bond but is it going to be strong enough to build on trust?

This highly charged drama not only deals with the war but shows just how troubled the times were before the Cold War. Acorn brings this miniseries to DVD on December 27th, 2016 for your viewing pleasure. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are spectacular. This will make a wonderful addition to that personal library. It's still the holidays and just in case your still in the mood of giving gifts pick a copy up for that special friend. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

'31' DVD Review

Once again Rob Zombie has opened up his mind to the horrors that surround us. In '31', he takes a group of carnival workers who actually get along and have a good time with each other and turns their lives to a living hell. Our carnies are traveling to the next gig and they pull over to get some gas. While there some strange stuff start to take place, but it's after they leave the station that all hell breaks loose. While traveling down this road they are attacked by a group of clowns. Some of the carnies are killed but the others are taken captive and led to a compound where they are chained up. The remaining carnies are Charly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Venus Virgo (Meg Foster), Panda Thomas (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), Levon Wally (Kevin Jackson) and Roscoe Pepper (Jeff Daniel Phillips).

Now, the captors are known as the heads and you have Sick Head (Pancho Moler), Psycho Head (Lew Temple), Schizo Head (David Ury), Sex Head (Elizabeth Daily), Death Head (Torsten Voges), and Doom Head (Richard Brake).  The heads are simply people who are just plain sick. 

You see 31 is a game. A game of life and death and it lasts for 12 hours. Now, what makes this even more bizarre is that there are 3 people who bet on the outcome of the game. Sister Serpent (Jane Carr), Sister Dragon (Judy Geeson) and Father Murder (Malcolm McDowell) round out the bettors of the game. This is simply one gruesome film pitting the good vs evil plot to its finest. Unfortunately, as the story plays out you learn that the heads are just human beings but that's as far as it goes. For a moment you want to feel for them but then they kill someone and the feeling passes quickly. 

Lionsgate brings this story to us on DVD on December 20th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is definitely one for that personal library and it would make a great Christmas gift for that horror lover. So don't waste any time and pick up a copy today. 

'Duck Dynasty Season 10' DVD Review

Our show hails out of West Monroe, Louisiana and has the Robertson clan as the showcase of the series. This TV version of southern hospitality has got to be the craziest thing to come along in many years. Some have said this has got to be the most dysfunctional family to ever be shown on TV. The families claim to fame is they own the Duck Commander Co. Now, you ask yourself what could this family from Louisiana make and market? The answer is duck call devices.

Season 10 starts off with the 25th anniversary of Willie and Korie. Willie gets some really terrible ideas from his brother on gifts to get Korie. Korie on the other hand is eavesdropping on the family as to specifics about the party and of course every which way they turn something goes wrong. Unfortunately something does come up that does really have an effect on the 25th anniversary of the two, but I'll let you watch so you can find out on your own.

Also in the first episode of the 'Duck Dynasty Season 10' Si gets a parking ticket and actually is going to court to fight it. This one I have to let you find out the results on your own. In the second episode Willie gets a mystery statue from a chainsaw artist but he is less than thrilled because of the size of the pot belly on the statue. The second episode also has an intervention taking place. You see Ms. Kay's storage shed is so over packed that the family feels they have to talk to her about the hoarding that she is doing and how it's not good. This is all in the first two episodes. There are 14 episodes in season 10. Can we say what a crazy time you will have watching this show.

Lionsgate brings all this fun to DVD on December 13th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This is a must for all to sit and watch and it make an excellent addition to that personal library. Better yet, if you have that good friend who can use a laugh then this will make a great Christmas gift. So take the time and see what's going on in West Monroe, Louisiana with the Robertson family. Enjoy.