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DVD Talk reviews for Friday, February 8th, 2019

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Sarah T. -- Portrait Of A Teenage Alcoholic (Blu-ray)
by Kurt Dahlke

Sarah T. -- Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic:

Back in 1975 we cared about our children. But not in the way we do today. Instead of 'helicopter parenting' we'd trust ABC to create a compelling movie to teach our kids something. So when they came home from school and we were in some dive bar complaining about work, they could plop on the couch and watch a lurid 'After School Special'. Thus duly scared straight, we'd wait until our parents passed out before we climbed out of a basement window to go smoke pot on the playground.

In Sarah T. a post-Exorcist Linda Blair is directed by a pre-Superman Richard Donner, in a movie featuring a pre-Star-Wars Mark Hamill and post/pre-I Dream of Genie/ Dallas Larry Hagman. Armed with After School star-power, Donner and screenwriters Richard and Esther Shapiro craft a surprisingly moving, realistic tale that far out-shine...Read the entire review »

 

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So Dark the Night (Blu-ray)
by Adam Tyner

Legendary Parisian detective Henri Cassin (Steven Geray) has at long last met his match: overwork. His superiors mandate a holiday – Cassin's first in over a decade – and he relishes the opportunity to recharge in the French countryside. Cassin has barely stepped foot in this tiny village before finding himself smitten by Nanette (Micheline Cheirel), the young daughter of the innkeepers hosting him, and the feeling is very much mutual. She stands in awe of this famed detective, seeing him as an escape from the provincial life to which she fears herself tethered. The middle-aged Cassin, long unable to seek romance due to the crushing obligations of his career, is as taken by Nanette's beauty and youth as he is by the relaxed, pastoral splendor surrounding her. Despite having known her but a short time, Cassi...Read the entire review »

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