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DVD Talk reviews for Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

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The Ringu Collection (Blu-ray)
by Kurt Dahlke

Ringu Collection:

Ring (AKA Ringu):
If you've been sleeping under a rock for the last 20 years, you might not have heard of Ring and its successors, here collected in a lovely box-set from the kind folks at Arrow Video. The Ring movies involve a viral curse spread by a vengeful ghost through a cursed videotape. It's the first viral video! The 1998 movie (with some help from Fangoria magazine) launched the J-horror craze in the west, and is still one of the best examples of slow-burn, get-under-your-skin horror out there.

When some high-school students all die mysteriously on the same day, intrepid reporter Reiko (Nanako Matsushima) digs into current rumors about a cursed video tape - once you watch it, you have only 7 days to live - fitting the puzzle pieces together while endangering herself, her son, and anyone who gets too close. Directed with a sure hand b...Read the entire review »

 

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Winter Kills (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Weird and often wonderful, William Richert's film of Winter Kills (1979) is a one-of-a-kind, jet-black political satire. Confusing as the Kennedy assassin conspiracies it mirrors, it's a riddle of a movie wrapped up in an enigma. And you thought Oliver Stone's JFK was confusing?

The movie generally follows Richard Condon's 1974 novel, the author best-known for the similar The Manchurian Candidate (1959), superbly adapted by John Frankenheimer and writer George Axelrod in 1962. That film was darkly funny, too, though Richert's film is more outrageous if less fully satisfying. The problem-plagued production, including a Mafia hit of one producer and a 40-year prison sentence handed down to the other, was shut down multiple times, and when it was finally released Richert battled distributor Avco-Embassy for several years before he eventually personally bought the distribution right...Read the entire review »

 

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The Wizard of Oz
by Jesse Skeen

What more can be said about one of the most iconic movies of all time, an evergreen title on home video since 1981 (the very first from MGM's video label, and also in their first wave of DVD titles before their classic library was lost to Warner) and a yearly TV tradition before that? Released in 1939, one of the biggest years for movies, it's based on a story written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum- which spawned an entire series of stories some of which were done as movies in the silent era. This is the version most know and love however, with Judy Garland as Dorothy- a simple Kansas farm girl who dreams of a better place "somewhere over the rainbow". A tornado hits her home sending it flying with her in it, crashing down in the land of Oz- killing the Wicked Witch of the East in the process and making her an instant hero. There are both good and bad witches throughout Oz, Glinda (Billie Burke) being one...Read the entire review »

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