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And Soon the Darkness (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

And Soon the Darkness (1970) is a solidly good yet shockingly unacknowledged British thriller. Even Jonathan Rigby's exhaustive book on British horror films of the period, English Gothic, barely mentions it. Quite different from most genre films of the early 1970s, it's more Hitchcockian than Hammer-esque, but then again, movies like Peeping Tom and Psycho (1960) are definitely horror films, so the neglect levied against And Soon the Darkness does seem odd.

Filmed mostly on location in France, the modestly-budgeted picture wisely limits its scope to just six major characters, and a remote, flat stretch of road between small French villages. Further, the entire plot covers a single, if long, afternoon. Directed by Robert Fuest, it unfolds at a leisurely pace, and is a model of visual storytelling. Although its outcome is somewhat predictable, the filmmakers do a fin...Read the entire review »

Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Kino Lorber pays tribute to Ida Lupino with this four-disc Blu-ray collection that brings together four of the films she made between 1959 and 1953.

Not Wanted:

The first film in the set, Lupino's directorial debut from 1949, tells the story of Sally Kelton (Sally Forrest), a single, twenty-something girl who lives at home and doesn't really have a whole lot of excitement in her life. Her work ethic isn't much and her job at a local caf unfulfilling. When she meets a musician named Steve Ryan (Leo Penn), who is just passing through town, she falls head over heels for him, unaware (or maybe unable to accept) of the fact that he's clearly just going to use her for kicks before splitting to his next stop. And use her for kicks he does.

However, Sally is determined and without any other real prospects to look forward to, she hops a bus and decides to fol...Read the entire review »

 

Recommended
Gremlins (4K Ultra HD) (Blu-ray)
by William Harrison

THE FILM:

While it does not thrill quite like it did upon my first viewings as a kid, Joe Dante's Gremlins remains an enjoyable, madcap romp, with fun practical effects and gleefully rude humor. Newly released on 4K Ultra HD by Warner Brothers, Gremlins looks better than it ever has for home viewing, but some previously released bonus features did not make the cut here. I always forget Gremlins feels more like a Christmas movie than Halloween-time watch. The film is set at Christmas amid the lights, snow and presents under the tree appropriate to that season. This release comes on the eve of Halloween, so I gave it a spin to review and had fun reliving the film. I suspect fans will want to grab this newly released 4K disc to add to their collections; casual viewers can likely stick with previously released versions.

Inventor Randall Peltzer (Hoyt A...Read the entire review »

 

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The Addams Family/Addams Family Values 2 Movie Collection (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

With a new animated The Addams Family movie hitting theaters soon, it should come as a surprise to no one that the two feature films are getting a Blu-ray double feature release. However, those hoping for a features-laden remaster of either picture will be disappointed. This set simply reissues the original Blu-ray of the first movie and uses a noticeably dated master for the second. And extra features? Nah, forget about it. Still, the two movies are a lot of fun

The Addams Family:

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld in 1991, the live action theatrical feature The Addams Family begins when Gomez Addams (Ra l Juli ) becomes increasingly distraught over the quarter century absence of his brother Fester (Christopher Lloyd), the result of a family squabble. All of this is much to the dismay of Gomez's wife Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and children Wednesd...Read the entire review »

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