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DVD Talk reviews for Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

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Weird Science (Blu-ray)
<small>by Ian Jane</small><hr />

The Movie:

Directed by John Hughes and released by Universal Studios in 1985, Weird Science tells the tale of two teenaged boys, Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), who just don't seem to have any luck with the ladies. It's Friday night and the phone isn't exactly ringing off the hook, so, at Wyatt's place, they decide to use his supercomputer to create a dream girl of sorts. They feed the computer all manner of information and lots of pictures too, curious to see what it'll come back with for them, but it doesn't work until Wyatt manages to hack into a powerful government computer and use its resources, at which point a freak electrical storm breaks out. They try to unplug before it all hits the fan, but nope! Shortly after, a beautiful woman that Wyatt names Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), comes out of the bathroom, and we're off.

Quite giddy about the suc...Read the entire review »

Summer Stock (Blu-ray)
<small>by Stuart Galbraith IV</small><hr />

Judy Garland's last film under her long-term MGM contract, Summer Stock (1950) is a mostly delightful musical. Made during a time when the studio was feeling unusually nostalgic, remaking Good News (1947) and (in the end) reuniting Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Summer Stock, as originally conceived, was to reunite Garland and Mickey Rooney for a kind of adult let's-put-on-a-show reunion, but by the time it was finally made the once-popular Rooney, for three years the Number One box-office draw in the country (1939-1941), had fallen precipitously, and instead Garland was teamed with Gene Kelly.

Garland's personal and professional problems grew worse during the filming of The Pirate (1948) when she suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide. Easter Parade (also 1948) was a huge hit, as was In the Good Old Summer...Read the entire review »

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