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Digital: Viva Amiga (2016)

Digital: Viva Amiga (2016)

April 10, 2018 | By

When the Amiga computer made its auspicious 1985 debut in an elaborate product launch at Lincoln Center, it was another new player determined to assert itself in a market dominated by IBM, Apple, Atari, and Commodore, and for a while it seemed as though the big-thinking team behind the unconventional machine would find a place where it could gain followers, grow as a creative entity, and perhaps become a dominant player as a true multimedia, multitasking personal computer…

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BR: Incident, The (1967)

BR: Incident, The (1967)

March 22, 2018 | By

The making of Larry Peerce’s second feature film is almost as fascinating as The Incident itself, which began as a live teleplay for the DuPont Show of the Week in 1963. Produced in the third and final season of the series, Ride with Terror was an hour long drama about two thugs who terrorize subway travelers on a dry, late Sunday night…

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DVD: Dutchman (1966)

DVD: Dutchman (1966)

March 22, 2018 | By

After starting off as an actor and later establishing himself as a noted editor for directors like Stanley Kubrick (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove) and Bryan Forbes (The L-Shaped Room), Anthony Harvey selected a most unusual script for his directorial debut: Amiri Baraka’s (aka LeRoi Jones) 1964 play Dutchman…

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DVD: Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto (1972)

DVD: Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto (1972)

March 20, 2018 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer: Very Good Extras: n/a Label:  Code Red / Unobstructed View Region: 1 (NTSC) Released:  December 19, 2017 Genre:  Giallo / Thriller Synopsis: A Nervous Nellie searches for her missing boyfriend / shrink at a strange hippy health clinic. Special Features:  Code Red Trailers.     Review: Reportedly never released in North America, Mario […]

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BR: What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia (1972)

BR: What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia (1972)

March 20, 2018 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer: Very Good Extras: Standard Label:  VCI Region: A Released:  February 16, 2016 Genre:  Giallo / Suspense Synopsis: A newlywed suspects her stepson may have murdered his mother, and now has eyes on her! Special Features:  Theatrical & TV Trailers.     Review: After making a striking formal debut as the titular tiny tot […]

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DVD: Man Who Laughs, The (1928)

DVD: Man Who Laughs, The (1928)

March 17, 2018 | By

Cited as a strong influence on Universal’s expressionistic horror films of the 1930s, The Man Who Laughs was the first major film version of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel that told the truly horrible tale of a disfigured child adopted by a small-time circus owner, and years later, becomes a celebrity of sorts when his disfigurement enthralls locals…

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DVD: Man Who Laughs, The / L’homme qui rit (2012)

DVD: Man Who Laughs, The / L’homme qui rit (2012)

March 16, 2018 | By

Packed with an attractive cast, The Man Who Laughs is much leaner in story and character moments, yet follows the central tale of scarred and abandoned Gwynplaine adopted by poor itinerant showman…

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The Joy of Infidelity

The Joy of Infidelity

March 2, 2018 | By

The joy (and perils) of infidelity are centre-frame in Paul Mazursky’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) + Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives (1992), on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Husbands and Wives (1992)

BR: Husbands and Wives (1992)

March 2, 2018 | By

Woody Allen’s last film starring Mia Farrow is one of his best and darkest comedies, hyper-fixating on the (largely) negative effects of infidelity – the film earned Oscar nominations for writing and supporting actress (Judy Davis) – but its most powerful moments…

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BR: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

BR: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

March 2, 2018 | By

The idea stemmed from Paul Mazursky’s own trip to a retreat managed by the Esalen Institute, which offered group therapy for individuals seeking self-betterment without the fetters of traditional medicine and psychology…

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