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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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Aisle Seat 3-9: Flops of Winters Past - THE JANUARY MAN
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/8/2021 - 10:00 PM
On paper, THE JANUARY MAN (97 mins., 1989, R) seems to have it all: a serial killer preying upon New York City. A renegade ex-cop (Kevin Kline) summoned off his new career as a firefighter to help capture him before he strikes again, at the behest of his estranged brother (Harvey Keitel), who works for the hot-tempered Mayor (Rod Steiger). Suspense, comedy, romance, domestic drama – each are a part of the follow-up screenplay to John Patrick Shanley’s Oscar winning “Moonstruck,” yet this superbly cast genre mash-up ended up misfiring across nearly all of its elements. It is, at least, a noble and curious flop from its time, with an attractive cast that still makes it worth a watch.
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Aisle Seat 3-2: Revisiting John Hughes at Paramount
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/1/2021 - 10:00 PM
Offering a pair of Blu-Ray premieres and format reprisals of three ’80s classics, Paramount’s five-disc Blu-Ray anthology JOHN HUGHES: 5-MOVIE COLLECTION gives viewers convenient access to Hughes’ complete cinematic output at the studio, offering some of his finest work both as a director and writer/producer.
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Aisle Seat 2-23: Kino Lorber February Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
It’s going to be hard for future generations to understand the dynamics of how movies functioned in the days before streaming – back when films that weren’t “tentpoles” or franchise-driven IP’s could not only find a place at the box-office, but also become bonafide commercial hits in the process. Unlikely sleeper successes were commonplace decades ago, as evidenced by the stunning performance of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN (102 mins., 1975, PG), which fit right into the “Love Story”-established ’70s formula of a romance doomed by a personal tragedy that its lead character has to overcome.
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Aisle Seat Flops of Winters Past: Sly Stallone's D-TOX [EYE SEE YOU]
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
Sylvester Stallone’s career has endured through a number of down periods, most especially during the late ’90s. After starring in the well-reviewed James Mangold drama “Cop Land,” Stallone sputtered with his next project: the thriller D-TOX — ultimately known as EYE SEE YOU in the U.S. — in what was supposed to be part of a multi-film deal with Universal.
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Aisle Seat 2-9: Back to the 70s Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/8/2021 - 10:00 PM
One of the quintessential “paranoid thrillers” of the 1970s, Alan J. Pakula’s THE PARALLAX VIEW (102 mins., 1974, R; Criterion) is a slick case of atmosphere triumphing over characterization and coherence. Warren Beatty stars as a grizzled reporter who witnessed the assassination of a senator on the top of the Space Needle in Seattle. Years later, his ex (Paula Prentiss) reappears on the scene, claiming there’s a conspiracy and that witnesses who were there are being murdered. Beatty springs into action, telling only his publisher (Hume Cronyn) of a possible cover-up and ultimately going down a rabbit hole that involves the mysterious “Parallax Corporation.”
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