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Aisle Seat 11-21: Thanksgiving Feast Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
One of the largest silent-film finds in history occurred in the former Canadian Gold Rush town of Dawson City during the late ‘70s. A treasure trove of films, news reels and short subjects were discovered while a new building was being constructed – the result of the town being the last stop on the distribution line for theatrical exhibition in the early 20th century. With nowhere else to put the nitrate reels and their respective owners not wanting them returned, the films were buried, leading to an eventual rediscovery that became a watershed moment for silent film fans and historians.
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Aisle Seat 11-7: Zimmer Live, Rock-a-Doodle & 4K Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 11/6/2017 - 9:00 PM
There aren’t a lot of film music concerts available in high definition, something that makes Eagle Rock’s new edition of HANS ZIMMER: LIVE IN PRAGUE the kind of title that’s well worth savoring. Though I’ve never been the biggest fan of Zimmer’s scores, especially over the last 15 years or thereabouts, this concert performance offers a generous helping of the composer’s film music output in a program that should delight fans.
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Aisle Seat 10-31: Halloween '17 Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/30/2017 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off Kino Lorber’s October releasesTHE FLAMINGO KID (***½, 100 mins., 1984, PG-13) is a winning slice-of-life comedy from “Happy Days” creator Gary Marshall, starring Matt Dillon as a Brooklyn kid who gets a job as a cabana boy at a posh Long Island beach club during the summer of ’63. Richard Crenna plays a car dealer and local card shark who tutors Dillon in the game and life itself, much to the consternation of Dillon’s blue-collar dad Hector Elizondo, who is troubled by his son’s fascination with people from a “higher class.”
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Aisle Seat 10-24: Superman, Spider-Man & The Old Dark House
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
After five Spider-Man movies, you might wonder what was left in the tank of Peter Parker’s webslinging adventures to translate to the big screen. Sony’s newest “reboot,” SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (**½, 133 mins., 2017, PG-13)may not provide overwhelming evidence that its existence was actually necessary, but the film still overcomes a bumpy start and a bland overall feel to provide an appealing enough ride for fans.
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Aisle Seat 10-17: Shout! October Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
At the head of the class among October’s catalog releases is Shout Factory’s “Shout Select” Blu-Ray edition of THREE O’CLOCK HIGH (***½, 90 mins., PG-13), director Phil Joanou’s underrated 1987 high school gem that was stealth-produced by Steven Spielberg, who either couldn’t – or wouldn’t – put his name on the film, depending on whose story you believe.
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Aisle Seat 10-3: October Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
The modern preoccupation with belated film sequels and remakes has trickled down to even “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic that drew neither widespread critical kudos or commercial acceptance when it was first released in 1982. A cult favorite that’s obviously been more warmly embraced as the years have passed, Scott is onboard as a producer of BLADE RUNNER 2049 (***, 163 mins., R), an ambitious follow-up from one of its predecessor’s original writers and director Denis Villeneuve, architect of glacially paced works like “Sicario” and “Arrival.”
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Aisle Seat 9-26: IT, CE3K, Fall Kickoff Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/25/2017 - 9:00 PM
The wonder of Cinemascope and the majesty of Bernard Herrmann’s score are the two main reasons to take a trip BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF (102 mins., 1953), a musty old 20th Century-Fox melodrama that’s been supremely rendered in high-definition this month by Twilight Time. Given the movie’s checkered past of tepid home video releases, the glossy high-def Blu-Ray image may come as a revelation for many viewers, presenting a vibrant color presentation that enhances this early Fox anamorphic adventure.
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Aisle Seat 9-19: Wonder Woman, Sgt. Pepper on Blu-Ray
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/18/2017 - 9:00 PM
The fact that we haven’t had many female super-hero flicks makes  WONDER WOMAN (***, 143 mins., PG-13; Warner) a novelty by itself – and within the parameters of the genre, this lavish DC Comics box-office smash is a sturdy and well-made fantasy that pits the Amazon Princess against the German forces of WWI…or, to be more precise, Aries, the God of War, whom Diana (Gal Godot) believes is the source of all of mankind’s horrifying military struggles.
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Aisle Seat 9-12: 20th Anniversary Edition!
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
A box-office dud in the U.S. that seemed to sum up the disinterest audiences had with much of Hollywood’s Summer ’17 offerings, the Tom Cruise version of THE MUMMY (**, 110 mins., 2017, PG-13) makes a fast track to home video this week, hoping there will be a more interested set of viewers for its meager brand of “contemporary monster fantasy.”
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Aisle Seat 9-5: Back to School Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
The year’s not over yet but we already have a candidate for one of 2017’s most impressive catalog releases on home video, as Warner’s 4K UHD release of BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut (****, 117 mins., 1982, R) sports the most satisfying technical presentation yet of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic on home video.
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