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Aisle Seat 6-15: Indiana Jones, Godzilla & Kong on 4K UHD
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/14/2021 - 10:00 PM
Freshly remastered in its most spectacular presentation yet on home video, INDIANA JONES: 4-MOVIE COLLECTION (Paramount) is unquestionably going to rank as one of the essential format purchases for 4K UHD owners. Paramount’s five-disc set – configured similarly as its 2012 Blu-Ray predecessor – includes the UHD, Dolby Vision-enhanced debuts of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” on UHD with a fourth disc of extras and a fifth (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”) that most fans likely feel is best left as a beverage coaster. It’s an eagerly awaited set that delivers the goods on every level: the Dolby Vision transfers offer the same crispness of Paramount’s Blu-Ray releases with the addition of finely-tuned HDR and a slightly cooler color tone, while the Dolby Atmos audio mixes are even more immersive than the Ben Burtt-mastered tracks from prior editions.
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Aisle Seat 6-1: Revisiting EXPLORERS
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/31/2021 - 10:00 PM
The summer of ’85 was a good time to be growing up and going to the movies. “Back to the Future” and “Cocoon” were two of the season’s biggest genre hits, and are just a couple of the many films from that year that are still entertaining viewers decades later (not to mention “Lifeforce,” of course!). Not every film released that summer was a hit, though, as the summer of ’85 had its share of box-office disappointments – one of them was Joe Dante’s EXPLORERS (106 mins., PG; Paramount), which was the genre auteur's highly awaited follow-up tpo his smash hit "Gremlins" from the preceding year. 
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Aisle Seat 5-25: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/24/2021 - 10:00 PM
Blue Underground is off to a robust start in the 4K UHD format, and this month debuts a spectacular new Dolby Vision presentation of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (102 mins., 1980, PG). Kirk Douglas produced and starred in the 1980 time travel adventure as the captain of the U.S.S. Nimitz, an aircraft carrier that finds itself inexplicably caught up in a vortex that sends it, and its crew, back to 1941…just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Aisle Seat 5-18: Kino Lorber May Round-Up
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/17/2021 - 10:00 PM
Cross-country comedy “road trip” movies seem to have a perennial appeal, at least when we talk about the likes of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” or “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Not every one of these films, of course, has enjoyed a lasting success – and in the case of John Schlesinger’s 1981 attempt at making a real change of pace film, HONKY TONK FREEWAY (107 mins., PG), this expensive comedy became one of the biggest box-office wipeouts of all-time. Unavailable on domestic home video for nearly 20 years, Kino Lorber has resurrected this infamous, strange pastiche of broad comic stereotypes, shot through the prism of an Oscar-winning British director, in a superb Blu-Ray that makes for a compelling view for any curious movie buff.
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Aisle Seat 5-11: KING KONG Resurrected, FAST TIMES Remastered
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/10/2021 - 10:00 PM
Sometimes there’s no apparent reason why it takes a prolonged amount of time for a certain movie to be released on Blu-Ray. In some instances it’s because of a lack of a peripheral connection to a sequel or remake – but in the case of Dino DeLaurentiis’ 1976 version of KING KONG (135 mins., PG; Shout! Factory), there have been no less than three films starring the Big Ape to reach the screen in the last 16 years for Paramount’s home video division to take advantage of. It may forever remain a mystery why the film was MIA in the U.S. high-definition format for so long, but Scream Factory has at last rectified the situation with a two-disc Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition offering a quality presentation of the movie, the first-ever full release of the three-hour network TV version, and a smattering of supplements produced under the constraints of a pandemic.
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Aisle Seat 4-27: The Good, The Bad and The Furies
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/26/2021 - 10:00 PM
Making its debut in the 4K UHD format, Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti western THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (162 mins., 1966, R; Kino Lorber) has been remastered and tweaked once again in a bona-fide enhancement for western fans. Blu-Ray owners may also want to get in on the action here, as Kino Lorber’s two-disc set – out this week – also premieres a remastered 1080p presentation using the UHD’s newly revised color timing.
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Aisle Seat 4-13: (Anaglyph) 3-D Stages a Comeback
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/12/2021 - 10:00 PM
I distinctly remember Channel 38, WSBK-TV in Boston, running a number of 3-D broadcasts over the air when I was growing up: “Creature From the Black Lagoon” and a few special Three Stooges shorts were among those advertised as requiring the old-school, red-and-blue 3-D glasses you could pick up at your local pharmacy or “participating stores.” Another of those rare but memorable 3-D broadcasts was DYNASTY (98 mins., 1977, R), a ridiculously over-the-top action-fest from Hong Kong that has now made its way to Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber in a marvelous restoration from the 3-D Film Archive. Even if you no longer have a 3-D capable TV, this release has you covered thanks to a new anaglyphic transfer – complete with a set of included glasses – that shows how modern technology and brilliant restoration work can breathe new life into the oldest of 3-D exhibition formats.
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Aisle Seat 3-30: March Madness Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
Making an immediate claim for the most impressive catalog title yet released in 4K, Paramount – just in time for Easter – has brought viewers a truly spectacular Dolby Vision presentation of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (231 mins., 1956, G). Though I was never overly fond of the film growing up, there’s a reason why younger generations may have been kept from fully embracing it, as past home video releases and broadcast TV airings could never entirely deliver the movie’s original theatrical color the way this Dolby Vision HDR presentation can.
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Aisle Seat 3-23: Spring Break Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
There are good movies, and there are bad movies. Then there are bad movies which end up as great Blu-Ray discs. A horror fan favorite despite being a box-office letdown, EVENT HORIZON (95 mins., 1997, R) joins Scream Factory’s ranks this month in a jam-packed Collector’s Edition, the film’s first Blu-Ray appearance in nearly 15 years. That the movie itself remains an attractively lensed letdown on a number of levels doesn’t detract from the superb extras and polished presentation Scream has given to a film that was more or less universally dismissed by critics and many audiences when first released in 1997.
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Aisle Seat 3-16: Kino Lorber March Madness Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
As a kid back in the ’80s my main exposure to director Richard Fleischer came through the likes of “Conan the Destroyer,” “Red Sonja” and the Glad trash bag infomercial, “Million Dollar Mystery.” For that reason, it’s understandable I grew up not being overly excited by seeing Fleischer’s name attached to a movie, but over the last decade or two, I’ve been exposed to the director’s larger, earlier body of work, which counts a number of fascinating and very entertaining works across a wide variety of genres. Two of those pictures are new to Blu-Ray this month from Kino Lorber, premiering in high-definition for the first time, and are each worthy of discovery.
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