Wednesday, February 22, 2017

'The King Of New Orleans' DVD Review

Larry Shirt (David Jensen) works for the United Cab in the city of New Orleans. Larry is one of those cab drivers that you would love to have drive you around a city like New Orleans. He not only listens to you but he can tell you everything about the city that he loves. One passenger that Larry picks up is a college student by the name of Bobby Cohn (Richard Brien). Bobby has come home rather upset, and yes it has to do with a woman. Larry listens to the young man's troubles and it has to do with his girlfriend breaking up with him. Bobby also has another major problem and that is he has been expelled from Harvard and he honestly doesn't know what he is going to do. Larry drops him off and we get to see a wide variety of locals taken all over the city.

Larry takes a break and stops to clean out his cab and discovers Bobby's journal. He finished cleaning the car and heads back over to the house he dropped Bobby off at. While there the two talk some more and Larry actually tries to reach out to the kid. He wants to try and reassure him that all is not lost. As the film continues we get to see more of the city and its wonderful southern pride. We learn more about Larry and his personal life when while he's watching Saints football he has what seems like a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. We learn that it wasn't a heart attack but if Larry doesn't change his ways he will be a candidate to have one.

The true sadness about our story is that a city as beautiful as New Orleans is about to be hit by a very dangerous hurricane called Katrina. The locals didn't take this storm seriously and they paid a terrible price. There was much looting as well as destruction and death. The city for some time was very much alone and needed help fast.

This is one hell of movie and is a must see. With Mardi Gras coming this would be a good time to watch it. Candy Factory is bringing this tale to DVD on February 21st, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is definitely one for your personal library and you will want to get it soon. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

'The Level' DVD Review

Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin (Karla Crome) is a very good cop. You might even go as far to say that she is a renegade but she gets the job done. One day a childhood friend's father gives her a call and asks to meet her privately. Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister) is a noted drug dealer. Nancy has over the years turned a blind eye to his illegal activity and kept in touch with Frank. In a way he's been like a father to her.

The two meet and before Frank could get around to telling her why he needed to meet her privately Frank is shot dead. Nancy is wounded as she gets away but is able to keep this all from her fellow cops. Nancy unfortunately is assigned to Brighton which is in charge in trying to solve a drug dealers death and his name is Frank Le Saux. Nancy is on the team that is basically searching for a witness to the murder and unbeknownst to her superiors that it is Nancy. What makes it even worse is that Nancy begins to receive text messages that she is next on the list to be killed.

This is definitely an interesting tale of crime/drama with a special twist. As Nancy was only at the crime scene because of her friendship to Frank she is implicated in a way that ties her to the crime. She must find the killer before they get her and she must also keep her involvement quiet to her superiors. Nancy does a wonderful job keeping all quiet from her partner DS Gunner Martin (Noel Clarke) and from an old friend DS Kevin O' Dowd (Robert James-Collier). The only problem is staying alive long enough to clear everything up.

Acorn brings this wonderful story to us on DVD on February 21st, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This will make a wonderful addition to that personal library. Enjoy.

'Deep Water' DVD Review

This wonderful crime drama coming out of Australia is fantastic. A young man comes up dead near Bondi Beach. He is brutally murdered and Detectives Tori Lustigman (Yael Stone) and Nick Manning (Noah Taylor) are assigned the case. Most want this case closed quickly but Tori has recently returned to Bondi and wants to make a name for herself. There has been a history of crimes just like this murder that have gone unsolved going back to the 1980's. For a long time the local criminal element have controlled what goes on in Bondi and since this case is similar to all those unsolved it makes one wonder if these are criminals taking care of their own.

For Tori this murder brings back a nightmare of her own. Her brother was killed in a similar way back in 1989. The one constant in all the cases is that the victims were young gay men. Tori can't walk away and let this recent murder be classified as a simple suicide. She knows that all of these unsolved murders are tied together and she is going to solve this or die trying. Her partner Nick just wants to walk away from this murder but won't let his partner down.

This four part drama is hard to walk away from. The acting is quite good. Acorn brings this story to us on DVD on February 14th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This drama can be very enlightening in its approach to the subject of a gay serial killer.

There are still those in society who are uncomfortable with either gay men or women as the subject of a series but 'Deep Water' does a wonderful job with the subject of being gay.This series will make a wonderful addition to that personal library. A good old fashioned who done it is always perfect for a quiet night at home or a rainy Sunday afternoon. So take the time and pick the DVD up and find out if Tori is right to tie all these unsolved murders together.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

'Elena And The Secret Of Avalor' DVD Review

Elena (Aimee Carrero) takes a walk with a young Naomi (Jillian Rose Reed ) and tells her the tale of the Amulet. Princess Elena had rushed out to the carriage that carried her parents. Closely behind was a green mist. Elena watched as her parents died and when an evil sorceress by the name of Shuriki (Jane Fonda) was about to harm Elena it was her Amulet that saved her. It had drawn her inside and it was here that she would stay for the next 41 years.

The story jumps ahead to a young Princess Sofia (Ariel Winter). Sophia had been bothered by what she thought were just dreams or thoughts. One day she is drawn to a secret library and a certain book. The book is haunted by Alakazar (Andre Sogliuzzo) who had been searching for a way to free Elana from the Amulet but who grew old and finally became the book. He would tell Sofia the whole story and she would get her parents to vacation in Avalor. Sofia would eventually meet up with Alakazar's grandson Mateo (Joseph Haro). It is here in the story that the real adventure begins.

Disney brings this beautiful story to DVD on February 7th, 2017. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. Once again Disney brings together a tale of such warmth and adventure that it really is a wonderful story for the whole family. The adventure that takes place in trying to free Elena and the fight with Shuriki to force her from Avalor are fantastic. You will not regret wanting to add this DVD to that personal library. The kids will be grateful that this wonderful tale will be there for their enjoyment. So sit back and enjoy Disney at its best.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

'Poltergeist 3' Blu-Ray Review

The Freeling family have survived the last two attacks by the demon Kane but now all bets are off. Parents Diane (JoBeth Williams) and Steve (Craig T. Nelson) are at their wits ends. They don't know who to turn to for help but they need a break from their daughter Carol Anne (Heather O' Rourke). You see, Carol Anne has special powers that the demon Kane wants. If you remember Kane is the name of human Reverend Henry Kane (Nathan Davis). Kane lured his followers to their death's and has been trying to get Carol Anne's power but to no avail. The Freelings feel that if maybe Diane's sister could take Carol Anne for a time that all might be well.

Aunt Pat (Nancy Allen) and husband Uncle Bruce (Tom Skerritt) agree to take the child in. Bruce's daughter Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle) wasn't at first thrilled with the idea but later gives in. Carol Anne moves to Chicago and lives in a fancy apartment in Uncle Bruce's skyscraper. Yeah, talk about moving on up, this place is ultra chic. Carol Anne at first feels as if all the craziness is behind her but she begins to see the image of Kane in mirrors. Carol Anne is attending a special school but she really can't stand it. Little by little more  sightings of Reverend Kane and things begin to get crazy once again.

The principal of Carol Anne's new school Doctor Seaton (Richard Fire) takes an interest in the young girl and tries some psychotherapy on her. Tangina Barron's (Zelda Rubinstein) is having some tea with friends when she sees an image of Kane stalking Carol Anne. It's to real to her so she heads to Chicago, ASAP.

From here to the end of the film you pretty much know what's going to happen. I'll let you see it for yourself. Don't get me wrong it's a great movie but you can only fight the demon Kane for so many films. Scream Factory brings this horror classic to Blu-Ray  on January 31st, 2017. The quality of the Blu-Ray  is superb and once again the sights and sounds are exquisite. This Blu-Ray  will add to your library and is the finale of the poltergeist trilogy. Enjoy.

'Poltergeist 2' Blu-Ray Review

It has been a year since the Freeling family were attacked by the poltergeist's in there home. The house in Cueste Verde is destroyed and the area has been turned into a paranormal archeological dig. A cavern had been found and a special demon by the name of Kane was found. Kane had once been human and went by the name of Reverend Henry Kane. He and his followers believing the world was coming to an end had hideout in the cave. There was just one problem Kane did not let his people go after the supposed deadline, and all perished.

The Freeling family with Mother Diane (JoBeth Williams), Father Steve (Craig T. Nelson), daughter Carol Anne (Heather O' Rourke), and son Robbie (Oliver Robins) have moved to Phoenix Ar, and are living with Diane's mother Jessica "Grandma Jess" Wilson (Geraldine Fitzgerald). They believe they have left the spirit world behind until psychic Tangina Barron's (Zelda Rubinstein) finds out what's been discovered in the cave. She knows of Kane and that he is interested in Carol Anne and her special powers. Tangina tells an Indian Shaman by the name of Taylor (Will Sampson) of all that she knows and Taylor heads to Phoenix to protect the young girl. As soon as the family begins to settle into their new surroundings the other world begin to make themselves known. From here to the end of the movie all hell begins to break loose and I really don't want to spoil it for you.

Scream Factory brings this wonderful movie to Blu-Ray on January 31st, 2017. The quality of the Blu-Ray is fantastic and the sights and sounds are right on. This will be an excellent addition to that library of DVD's you have started. So, don't waste any time to pick one up because as sequels go this one is very good. Enjoy.