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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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Aisle Seat 5-10: Imprint, Arrow May Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/9/2022 - 10:00 PM
Being a movie buff and a Blu-Ray format enthusiast usually leads you to far corners of the globe in search of certain titles and limited-edition packages. Even though beloved labels like Twilight Time have closed up shop, others both here and abroad have taken up the reigns for the devoted, with Imprint Editions – an off-shoot of Australia’s Via Vision – having released dozens of wonderful titles over the last couple of years from studios like Paramount, Sony, and MGM, many of them debuting in HD for the first time, with others premiering exclusive new supplements. These Collector’s Edition packages are nearly always highly recommended, and aren’t difficult to find here in the U.S. either.
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Aisle Seat 5-3: May Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/2/2022 - 10:00 PM
A nice diversity among 4K UHD catalog titles is on-tap this week, with studios bringing us lush new restorations of one of the great MGM musicals ever made – SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (103 mins., 1952; Warner) – as well as one of the wildest forays into adult animation ever undertaken by a major studio, HEAVY METAL (90 mins., 1981, R; Sony), the latter in a spectacular Steelbook edition alongside its limp, in-name-only sequel “Heavy Metal 2000.”
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Aisle Seat 4-19: April Rundown Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/18/2022 - 10:00 PM
A trio of new 4K UHD releases highlight Kino Lorber’s latest format forays, including a Dolby Vision presentation of David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises,” the Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger classic “In the Heat of the Night” and Billy Wilder’s Oscar winner THE APARTMENT (125 mins., 1960), the brilliantly performed 1960 Best Picture winner that’s much more a drama with comedic overtones than a comedy with dramatic passages. Proving equally adept at drama as well as comedy in the film is Jack Lemmon, never better as a clog in the corporate machine who’s loaning out his humble Manhattan abode to philandering executives at his workplace – including new boss Fred MacMurray.
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Aisle Seat 4-5: April Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/4/2022 - 10:00 PM
John Landis’ wild ‘n wacky horror favorite AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (91 mins., 1981, R), his offbeat 1981 box-office hit, debuts on 4K UHD this month from Arrow boasting a new, Dolby Vision HDR graded 4K transfer working off color grading Landis himself approved in a 2018 HD master. The movie’s disappointingly flat ending aside, Landis’ revisionist genre exercise remains a blast of enthusiastic, then risk-taking filmmaking from a director coming off a smash success (“National Lampoon’s Animal House”). Though often imitated, Landis’ mix of horror and comedy was groundbreaking at the time of its release, as was its outstanding, Oscar-winning Rick Baker make-up effects.
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Aisle Seat 3-22: March Madness Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/21/2022 - 10:00 PM
One of the most eagerly awaited 4K UHD releases of the last few years – Paramount’s fully remastered, 50th Anniversary presentation of Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER TRILOGY – debuts this week. Is it the “offer you can’t refuse” for 4K owners? Absolutely, as the five-disc package contains all three “Godfather” films plus a bonus disc of supplements, along with no less than three – count ’em, three – cuts of Coppola’s much maligned, though sometimes unfairly scrutinized, “The Godfather Part III.”
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Aisle Seat 3-8: Video Vault Special, March New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/7/2022 - 10:00 PM
Never did I think a movie could make Christian Bale’s Batman look like Adam West’s, but director Matt Reeves’ strenuously boring THE BATMAN (PG-13) manages to be the singular most humorless super-hero movie in cinema history. It’s also one of the dullest — a three-hour grind wrapped up in mystery that’s never involving, a group of characters that are never appealing, and an emotional flat-line that stays parked in neutral for its entire duration.
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Aisle Seat 2-22: Kino Lorber Mid-Winter Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/21/2022 - 10:00 PM
Regrettably, the big-screen antics of Remo Williams began and promptly ended with REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS… (121 mins., 1985, PG-13; Kino Lorber), the big-budget Orion adaptation of the popular “Destroyer” novels by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy, here adapted by veteran James Bond series writer Christopher Wood (“The Spy Who Loved Me”) and director Guy Hamilton (“Goldfinger”).
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Aisle Seat 2-15: ALLIGATOR Resurrected!
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/14/2022 - 10:00 PM
A long-awaited title that’s taken so long to receive a proper high-definition master that it’s been spectacularly scanned in 4K as well, the 1980 creature feature ALLIGATOR (90 mins., R; Shout! Factory) has at last been brought back to life in a marvelous Scream Factory 4K UHD/Blu-Ray release that instantly marks it as one of the top catalog releases of 2022.
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