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Aisle Seat 8-2: Imprint’s Latest, Mill Creek July Titles
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/1/2022 - 10:00 PM
Imprint’s latest releases include two ’60s seafaring adventures along with a Biblical epic more “serious” than Saturday Matinee in its overall tone. Each limited-edition Blu-Ray marks its respective picture’s premiere HD release, though some of the source elements vary in terms of quality. The films themselves, though, each come heartily recommended, offering a diversity of entertainment for movie buffs.
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Aisle Seat 7-19: Summer Sizzler Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/18/2022 - 10:00 PM
Kino Lorber released a dynamite 4K UHD of “In The Heat of the Night” back in April that also included both of the Sidney Poitier “Mister Tibbs” sequels on a Blu-Ray platter. Those sequels – previously available from the label in separate, standalone format releases – have been re-issued this month in a double-feature Blu-Ray reprising that disc from the UHD combo platter.
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Aisle Seat 7-12: Vinegar Syndrome Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/11/2022 - 10:00 PM
The purveyors of the offbeat and eccentric, sometimes gloriously weird and occasionally wild – Vinegar Syndrome – have a full run of eclectic new titles in-store for Blu-Ray and UHD owners this summer. They’re highlighted by a dynamic three-disc UHD/Blu-Ray package of THRILLER “A Cruel Picture” (108 mins., 1973), which (like the other titles covered below) can now be ordered through Vinegar Syndrome’s site and goes “retail” at the end of this month. I previously reviewed Synapse’s BD of this movie a couple of months back, but VS’ release is a far more features-packed presentation with tons of extra content and a superior transfer, making it the more complete package for fans.
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Aisle Seat 6-28: Kino Lorber June Spectacular
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/27/2022 - 10:00 PM
So many films from the 1990s have fallen through the cracks in the transition to high-def, never mind Ultra HD. One of the catalogs that has received especially short shrift is the library of Savoy Pictures, an independent studio that distributed a handful of memorable films including Robert DeNiro’s “A Bronx Tale” and the Ray Liotta sci-fi thriller “No Escape.” My favorite among their few dozen releases was LAST OF THE DOGMEN (118 mins., 1995, PG), a sweeping romantic western that represented one of the last gasps of Mario Kassar’s Carolco Pictures, and a film that remains a wonderful, old-fashioned adventure that’s been long overdue for rediscovery.
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Aisle Seat 6-21: Shaft, Northman Sizzle in 4K
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/20/2022 - 10:00 PM
Australian cinema hit its apex in the ’70s and ’80s, reaching its height when the likes of Mad Max and Crocodile Dundee became box-office smashes all over the world. Stars like Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman and directors from George Miller to Phillip Noyce all found breakout success in the U.S., while a number of Australian comedies and dramas likewise met with North American distribution – if not in theaters than many on home video.
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Aisle Seat 6-14: All Kinds of Classics
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/13/2022 - 10:00 PM
It’s been a really good time to be a 4K UHD owner at this stage of the game, with the format finally the recipient of a number of outstanding catalog releases, as well as big new announcements coming up through the end of the year. This week brings collectible Limited Edition Steelbook 4K UHD editions of David Lean classics THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI as well as LAWRENCE OF ARABIA – the latter especially noteworthy as it marks its standalone 4K format debut, after being previously available only as part of Sony’s out-of-print “Columbia Classics” box-set anthology.
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Aisle Seat 6-7: Robocop Revisited, Batman in 4K
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/6/2022 - 10:00 PM
A title that’s racked up plenty of frequent-flier miles on home video over the years, ROBOCOP (103 mins., 1987, R/Unrated; Arrow) is back again, this time debuting in a 4K UHD with Dolby Vision HDR grading and Dolby Atmos audio – elements that will enable fans to take full advantage of its previous 2013 MGM 4K restoration supervised by director Paul Verhoeven himself.
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Aisle Seat 5-31: 4K UHD Premieres From 1776 to THE UNTOUCHABLES
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/30/2022 - 10:00 PM
Some 15 years ago one of my columns kicked off with reviews of Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS and Brian DePalma’s THE UNTOUCHABLES – both on HD-DVD (don’t worry, it’s not the time for a “format wars” retrospective!) – and this week happens to mark both the release of the former in a brand new Imprint Limited Edition Blu-Ray, and the latter in Paramount’s long-awaited 4K UHD. What are the odds?
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Aisle Seat 5-24: Kino Lorber Memorial Day Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/23/2022 - 10:00 PM
Kino Lorber’s on-going round-up down the dusty trail of Sergio Leone’s Clint Eastwood westerns has already yielded a superlative 4K UHD of their greatest collaboration – “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” – and that classic’s two “Dollars” predecessors receive similar restorative triumphs this month on both UHD and remastered Blu-Ray as well.
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Aisle Seat 5-17: May 4K Spins, Blu-Ray New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/16/2022 - 10:00 PM
Dynamic 4K UHD of Bernard Rose’s quasi-classic 1992 thriller CANDYMAN (99 mins., R/Unrated, Shout! Factory) offers a spectacular new Dolby Vision grading of the movie – via a 4K transfer of the original negative – which enhances Anthony B. Richmond’s cinematography through the use of HDR. This Rose/Richmond-approved master brings “Candyman”’s home presentation – complete with both theatrical and unrated cuts – that much closer to matching the theatrical experience, while Philip Glass’ rightly celebrated score clicks with a multitude of audio options: 5.1 and 2.0 DTS MA mixes which have appeared on previous releases, along with a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack that adds height effects to an already-superlative audio experience.
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