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Alphaville: aka Alphaville, une Strange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is a tough guy, an American secret agent sent from the outlands' to the futuristic city of Alphaville to find out what happened to a missing agent named Henri Dickson (Akim Tamiroff). But this isn't the only reason he's here. Lemmy is also to take out Professor von Braun (Howard Vernon), the very creator of Alphaville itself. On top of that, he's also tasked with destroying Alpha 60, the sentient computer system created by von Braun which controls the entire city where self-expression, emotion and love are outlawed. Alpha 60 has even made it illegal for the citizens of Alphaville to ask why?'. This has, quite understandably, resulted in Alphaville becoming a very cold place, devoid of emotion or caring and inhabited by people who subscribe only to strict logic.

Lemmy arrives in his Ford Mustang (which is referred to as a Ford Galaxie)...Read the entire review »

 

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Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray)
by Jesse Skeen

James Cameron was considering two projects to take on- Avatar or a movie based on the Japanese manga series "Battle Angel Alita". It was a tough call but he went with Avatar and then decided to spend the foreseeable future making sequels to it. Director Robert Rodriguez was disappointed as he had wanted to see how he would have brought "Alita" to the screen, and after a conversation Rodriguez ended up making the movie himself based on Cameron's script.

The year is 2563, 300 years after "The Fall", the apocalyptic event that destroys most of the world which is a central happening in many of these stories. Mankind rebuilds in a place called Iron City, which sits on earth below the floating city of Za...Read the entire review »

Universal Horror Collection: Vol 2 (Murders in the Zoo / Strange Case of Doctor Rx / Mad Doctor of Market Street / Mad Ghoul) (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Shout! Factory's Universal Horror Collection: Volume 2 is a four-feature boxed Blu-ray set certain to test the patience and wallet of even the most ardent fans of 30s- 40s horror movies. Universal, the label from which Shout! licensed these titles, already repeatedly gouged fans with mix-and-match collections that had them essentially buying the same movies over-and-over again.

If, say, you like Wolf Man movies for this reason bought their Blu-ray of Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein in 2012, and then The Wolf Man, and then Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection in 2016, you'd be repurchasing those two earlier titles in order to see Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, and House of Dracula, all featuring hapless Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.). But then let's say you also wanted a copy of She-Wolf of London and W...Read the entire review »

Crawl
by Oktay Ege Kozak

With The Shallows, 47 Meters Down, their innumerable straight-to-VOD ripoffs, and now Crawl, the "young woman gets trapped in a single location while being hunted by a water-based predator" premise is beginning turn into its own niche sub-genre. Of course the main goal here is to use the shoestring plot as a jumping off point for a series of pulse-pounding sequences where our heroine has to traverse between point A and point B in order to get a tiny bit closer to safety, with the sharp-toothed and always-hungry-for-human-flesh monster always an inch away from snapping its delicious meal. These flicks wisely all run under ninety minutes, since their episodic structure would certainly overstay their welcome through a more epic approach. And even then, they sometimes do run out of steam despite the fairly economic storytelling.

In the sense of spectacle alone, Crawl passes most tech...Read the entire review »

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