Who doesn’t love movies? The DVD and Blu-ray titles that follow cover a broad range of subjects and genres. There are dramas (including The Dresser), comedies (such as the Neighbors sequel), and several documentaries (Tab Hunter Confidential, for example). In other words, there’s something for almost everyone on your holiday gift list. There are probably even movies that you might enjoy watching or owning. Popcorn and Milk Duds sold separately.
Horror movie fans, and movie fans in general, reacted quite negatively when Universal announced they would be bringing another board game to the big screen after the debacle that was 2012’s Battleship. But under the guidance of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions (and the unfortunate participation of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes), the first Ouija movie wasn’t as bad as most people thought it would be. And it was successful enough to spawn a sequel ... or rather prequel with Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Originally airing at Christmastime 2015 and now available on DVD, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment) is a “family-oriented, faith-based” dramatization of Parton’s beloved song, one that she considers to be her favorite. In many ways, Coat of Many Colors is exactly what you might expect it to be considering its genesis and that it’s a prime-time network TV movie. Although safe and sanitized, sensitive queer viewers will no doubt feel a stirring while watching the early stages of what would go on to be a lifelong friendship between Dolly and her close childhood friend Judy.
It’s difficult to review a film that comes with as much baggage as The Birth of a Nation does, but we are here to discuss the merits of the film and not the character of the star, writer and director Nate Parker. You can find plenty of discussion about his past elsewhere and decide for yourself where he fits on a scale from Roman Polanski to Woody Allen.
Even before you sit down to watch the 40th anniversary collector’s edition double-disc Blu-ray of Carrie (MGM/Shout Factory), for the first or the 50th time, it’s important to remember a few things. Carrie was the first (and possibly best) adaptation of a Stephen King novel. It’s the Brian De Palma film that set the stage for films by the director that followed such as “The Fury,” “Dressed To Kill,” and “Blow Out.” Carrie was ultimately a women’s picture and featured Oscar-nominated performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie (she was robbed!), Betty Buckley’s film debut, and included nasty character such as Chris (Nancy Allen) and Norma (P.J. Soles), who would define the “mean girls” title.
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