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Horror Express (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Let's dispense with all the qualified, apologetic praise usually heaped on Horror Express (P nico en el Transiberiano, 1972) diminishing its status as a good also-ran quasi-Hammer, and let's call it for what it is: one of the all-time great sci-fi horror films.

Lost amid the great glut of Euro-horror films made during the early 1970s, Horror Express had a strange history. It wasn't terribly successful in the U.K., it bombed in Spain, and seems to have had only a perfunctory release in the U.S. Soon after, it was at least perceived as being in the public domain, and began turning up everywhere. A lot. I recall one local station in my Detroit market running Horror Express almost once a week for several years, with only minor cuts. Widely released on videotape, Super-8 (sound), and 16mm, it was for a time practically unavoidable, and the cult following it enjoys today is pri...Read the entire review »

 

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Valentine (Blu-ray)
by Adam Tyner


"Roses are red / Violets are blue
They'll need dental records to identify you!"

- J.M., Valentine
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Adding insult to injury...? Eh, for sixth grader Jeremy Melton, it's the other way around. He's systema...Read the entire review »

 

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Washington Square (Blu-ray)
by Tyler Foster

In this adaptation of the novel by Henry James, Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Catherine, the lonely and somewhat unimpressive daughter of a rich doctor, Austin Sloper (Albert Finney). Dr. Sloper finds his daughter to be somewhat of a burden, not just because she is clumsy and struggles in social settings, but because before Catherine was born, he lost a son, and then his wife, during Catherine's birth. Catherine loves her father dearly (as evidenced by her excitement as his return home every evening), but that bond is tested when she falls deeply and completely in love with the handsome but poor Morris Townsend (Ben Chaplin), who is living with his sister while he looks for a job. Morris' dedication to Catherine is sincere, and both of them want to get married, but Dr. Sloper is convinced that Morris' interest in his daughter is solely about claiming her impressive inheritance. What follows is a series of...Read the entire review »

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