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Crypto Blu-ray Review

Crypto

“Crypto” lacks thrills. Continue reading

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June 17, 2019 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deepwater Horizon Blu-ray Review

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“Deepwater Horizon” sinks under its own ambitions. Continue reading

January 9, 2017 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art Of The Steal Blu-ray Review

The Art of the Steal Blu-ray

The cast deserves better than “The Art of the Steal.” Continue reading

May 1, 2014 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

Touchback Blu-Ray Review

“Touchback” is a pleasant enough time killer, even though you’ve see it all before.

This is yet-another inspirational sports movie with a slight fantasy twist, which gives its main character, financially-troubled family man Scott Murphy (Brian Presley), a chance to go back to his high school championship game (when he suffered a career-ending injury) for a re-do. Yeah, lots of the usual questions are raised about what’s truly important in life, making it more difficult for Murphy to decide to take the plunge.

For a movie that essentially went straight to video, “Touchback” isn’t bad, although you’ve likely seen it done better before. In fact, it will definitely remind you of a lot of other movies, such as “It’s Wonderful Life,” “Field of Dreams” and (insert any other ‘inspirational’ football movie title here).

Still, for a movie which offers absolutely no surprises, it’s well-acted, particularly by co-star Kurt Russell, playing Murphy’s old coach. He’s good as usual, though after doing so many sports movies during his career, he can probably perform this role in his sleep.

I don’t know if “Touchback” is worth owning (I doubt I‘d ever watch it more than once), but it’s certainly worth a few hours of your time as a rental.

Special Features: Audio commentary by by Writer/director Don Handfield & Brian Presley; Making of “Touchback” featurette.

September 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tombstone Blu-Ray

“Tombstone” has got to be one of the finest modern Westerns ever made.  The story of legendary Wyatt Earp and the affable but deadly Doc Holliday are skillfully played by Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.  The supporting cast of Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charleton Heston (in one of his final film roles) and Dana Delaney among others, make this the definitive film about Earp in Arizona before and after the famous shootout at the OK Corral.It is a memorable experience to enjoy through many viewings.

The film is historically accurate and was researched thoroughly before scenes were added to the two plus hour film.  While some might say the film was a Hollywood recreation of history, eyewitness accounts of events were used in the writing of the final script for authenticity.

Val Kilmer makes this film much more with his portrayal of Holliday.  His witty lines, southern drawl, and remarkable characterization are dead on from start to finish.  He is the ultimate “Huckleberry” of this film, showing up even the talented Russell.

This blu-ray disc is a welcome addition to any western fan’s library. The picture is outstanding; you can count the hairs on Sam Elliot’s mustache in some scenes, it’s that sharp. Colors are rich and well balanced. The sound is also excellent throughout, from bullets flying past your ear to the thunder of horses riding into town.

Extras include most of what was on the Vista series dvd set but not the commentary from director George P. Cosmatos, or the extra four minutes from the director’s cut of the film.  There was certainly enough space on the disc for these but were left out.  However, that’s my only peeve about the disc on this blu-ray.  It’s a film that deserves blu-ray and I’m glad Disney has finally given it to us in high definition.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment