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BR: Breaking Away (1979)

BR: Breaking Away (1979)

August 19, 2015 | By

Dubbed by one of the film’s actors as a production akin to ‘catching lightening in a bottle’ and transcending box office odds by being unconventional and critically and financially successful, Breaking Away is also the classic sleeper hit – a movie that few expected would become not only popular, but remain beloved more that 35 years since its theatrical release…

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DVD: American Flyers (1985)

DVD: American Flyers (1985)

August 19, 2015 | By

Whether screenwriter Steve Tesich was compelled to revisit the world of cycling or was lured by producers to pen a script building on the success of his Oscar-winning Breaking Away (1979), the resulting American Flyers may have been a modest success upon its original release but…

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BR: Lost Soul – The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

BR: Lost Soul – The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

August 19, 2015 | By

After switching from directing music videos to feature films with his punk, post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Hardware (1990), Richard Stanley would follow-up with Dust Devil (1992), and what was supposed to be his Hollywood debut, The Island of Dr. Moreau, a revisionist version of H.G. Wells’ novel…

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BR: Hardware (1990)

BR: Hardware (1990)

August 19, 2015 | By

There’s no denying Richard Stanley’s Hardware draws from the Terminator franchise, and rode on the wave of post-apocalyptic thrillers where the world has gone to Hell and those who survive do so under a blanket of grime, but Stanley’s economical tale of a revived killer robot rampaging through a spacious apartment has a decidedly Orwellian atmosphere…

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CD: Bloodborne (2015)

CD: Bloodborne (2015)

August 19, 2015 | By

One would initially suspect a video game score composed by five might have a few discontinuities, but for the most part Bloodbourne maintains a strong epic tone, as performed by one massive orchestra. Ryan Amon’s contributions (which tend to make up the bulk of the score) establish the main theme…

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CD: Boy Named Charlie Brown, A (1969)

CD: Boy Named Charlie Brown, A (1969)

August 19, 2015 | By

After seven TV specials, it seemed inevitable that Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters would make the leap to the big screen, and their theatrical debut came with Vince Guaraldi’s jazz themes plus new songs performed and co-written by Rod McKuen, an occasional film composer, songwriter, poet, and author…

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CD: 12 Monkeys (2015)

CD: 12 Monkeys (2015)

August 19, 2015 | By

Tasked with creating a sound that would match the new 12 Monkeys TV series, yet somehow harken back to the themes of the original 1995 film, Trevor Rabin and Paul Linford’s score uses pulses and chimes to infer physical and emotional states where there’s no firm historical rooting, no grasp of time or style or culture…

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BR: Society (1989)

BR: Society (1989)

August 9, 2015 | By

After serving as producer on Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator (1985), Brian Yuzna’s directorial debut is a critique on elitism in Beverly Hills, where privileged Bill Whitney (Bill Warlock, fresh off a long stint on Days of Our Lives) feeling out of place in his upscale family, seeks support from a strict psychiatrist but ultimately discovers an elite strata of society that devours…

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BR: Best of Everything, The (1959)

BR: Best of Everything, The (1959)

August 7, 2015 | By

After earning an Oscar Nomination for her starring role in Peyton Place (1957) and getting important supporting roles in The Young Lions (1958) and In Love and War (1958), Hope Lange was given the plum role of Caroline Baker, the suburban girl who travels to the Big Apple after earning a business degree, and slowly rises to the upper echelons of Derby Publishing from typist to book editor…

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BR: Young Lions, The (1958)

BR: Young Lions, The (1958)

August 7, 2015 | By

The classic film version of Irwin Shaw’s somewhat autobiographical novel about three sets of characters struggling through the dramatic arc of WWII finally arrives on Blu-ray via Twilight Time in a stellar transfer that features a true surround sound mix (more stereo than directional effects, but very clean) and an isolated score of one of Hugo Friedhofer’s greatest scores, taken from the original recording sessions…

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