Violette (1978) – DVD Review

Violette DVD cover

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Written by: Odile Barski, Hervé Bromberger, Jean-Marie Fritere, Frédéric Grendel
Directed by: Claude Chabrol
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean Carmet

Released by: Koch Lorber Films
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A, 1.33:1 Full Frame

My Advice: Rent it if you’re desperate for French cinema

Violette (Huppert) seems to be a young daughter of a middle class family (Audran and Carmet) who goes to school and hopefully will marry a professional man. She also seems to be a sexually aggressive vamp who drinks in bars, has sex for money and is a pathological liar. Her parents are either well-meaning people who are trying to raise their sociopath daughter right or they are clueless saps who are stifling her with their bourgeoisie hypocrisy. Which version is true? Are they both true? These questions gain more urgency when Violette commits murder and her life depends on which version the court and the public believes. The problem is Violette can’t answer these questions for herself.

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Gilles’ Wife (2004) – DVD Review

Gilles' Wife DVD cover

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Written by: Frédéric Fonteyne, Marion Hänsel, Philippe Blasband based on the novel by Madeleine Bourdouxhe
Directed by: Frédéric Fonteyne
Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Clovis Cornillac, Laura Smet

Features:

  • Making Of featurette
  • Deleted Scenes with Director Commentary

Released by: Koch Lorber Films
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Oui

My Advice: Rent It

Elisa (Devos) is living the working class dream in 1930s rural France. She has a good husband named Gilles (Cornillac) who works at the factory, lovely twin girls and a another baby on the way, and a nice house outside of town. But something, or someone, is going to disrupt this domestic bliss. Elisa senses that Gilles and her sister Victorine (Smet) are getting too close. She soon discovers that Gilles and Victorine are having a torrid affair. Elisa is devastated, but she loves Gilles and doesn’t want to love him. She is even there for Gilles when he is upset when Victorine ignores him. So is Elisa’s love stronger than her pain?

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By | 2017-09-24T22:48:52+00:00 August 29th, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Sombre (1998) – DVD Review

Sombre DVD cover

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Written by: Sophie Fillières, Philippe Grandrieux, Pierre Hodgson
Directed by: Philippe Grandrieux
Starring: Marc Barbé, Elina Löwensohn, Géraldine Voillat

Released by: Koch Lorber Films
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Avoid It

Jean (Barbé) drives around the back roads of the French countryside, picking up prostitutes, and killing them. Pretty simple life. Then he meets the reserved Claire (Löwensohn) and her sister, the slutty Christine (Voillat). They drive around for some reason, swim in a river, and Jean attacks both of them. But Claire seems to have a strange connection to Jean and even when she gets the chance, she goes back to the killer. So will Jean answer to his baser instincts, will Claire give in to Jean’s madness, and will the audience give a crap about any of this?

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By | 2017-09-24T22:49:15+00:00 August 21st, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Bad Boy Bubby (1993) – DVD Review

Bad Boy Bubby DVD cover

Film:
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Written and Directed by: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Carmel Johnson

Features:

  • Interview with Director Rolf de Heer
  • Interview with Nicholas Hope
  • “Confessor Caressor” Short Film
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Released by: Blue Underground
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent It

Bubby (Hope) is a strange damaged man. Never leaving a squalid apartment and being terrorized and abused by a psycho mother will do that to you. So when Bubby’s father returns and upsets the situation, this causes Bubby to encounter the outside world. With stunted emotional growth and no clue to normal social interaction, he gets into a lot of trouble. But as it happens in stories like these, he also finds people that help him out like a slutty Salvation Army officer, a struggling rock band, and an understanding nurse named Angel. So there may be hope yet for Bad Boy Bubby.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:49:19+00:00 August 17th, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Cheyenne: The Complete First Season (1955) – DVD Review

Cheyenne: The Complete First Season DVD cover

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Written by: Roy Huggins
Starring: Clint Walker

Features:

  • The Lonely Gunfighter: The Legacy of Cheyenne – Interview with series star Clint Walker

Released by: Warner Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 aspect

My Advice: Rent It If You Like Westerns

He drifts through the Wild West, going from town to town not looking for trouble, but trouble seems to find him. His name is Cheyenne Bodie (Walker) and he is a straight shooter, either with his bullets or his beliefs. Whether he’s dealing with rampaging Indians, violent desperadoes, or crooked officials, he fights for what’s right.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:49:29+00:00 August 6th, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Ziggy’s Gift (1982) – DVD Review

Ziggy's Gift DVD cover

Film:
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Written by: Tom Wilson and Jim Andrews
Directed by: Richard Williams
Starring the Voices of: Tom McGreevey, Tony Giorgio, Frank Welker

Features:

  • Ziggy Animated Film Shorts
  • About Ziggy’s Creator, Tom Wilson
  • Ziggy Holiday Comic Strips
  • “Ziggy Meets the Masters” Gallery

Released by: BFS Entertainment
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 aspect.

My Advice: Rent It

Ziggy is a nice little fellow who manages to keep a good attitude on life even when life wants to slap him around a little. Since it’s Christmas, Ziggy goes to work as a sidewalk Santa collecting money for charity. Unknown to him, it’s part of a scam to benefit a gang of crooks and not the poor. Ziggy also has a beat cop hassling him, and a crook trying to steal Ziggy’s collections. But ’tis the season and Ziggy seems to have a Christmas miracle or two up his red sleeve.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:49:38+00:00 July 25th, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

La Belle Captive (1983) – DVD Review

La Belle Captive DVD cover

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Written by: Alain Robbe-Grillet and Franck Verpillat based on Robbe-Grillet’s novel
Directed by: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Starring: Daniel Mesguich, Cyrielle Clair, Daniel Emilfork, Gabrielle Lazure

Released by: Koch Lorber Films
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: No

My Advice: Rent It If You’re Into French Surrealistic Symbolism.

Walter (Mesguich) is in between “assignments” for a secretive organization so he visits a bar for Bloody Marys and some ennui. Things liven up when he dances with a mysterious young woman (Lazure) but she just as mysteriously disappears. En route to deliver a message from his mysterious employer Sara Zeitgeist (Clair), he finds the same mysterious woman lying in the road, hands bound and bleeding. Taking her to a mysterious house where a mysterious party is being held, the two end up having strange mysterious sex. Waking up the next morning with the girl Marie Ange missing and a mysterious wound on his neck, Walter now has a mystery to solve regarding what the hell is going on.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:50:18+00:00 July 5th, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Brokeback Mountain (2005) – DVD Review

Brokeback Mountain DVD cover

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Written by: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana based on a short story by Annie Proulx
Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway

Features:

  • Featurette: “Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Mountain”
  • Featurette: “Directing From the Heart: Ang Lee”
  • Featurette: “On Being A Cowboy”
  • “From Script to Screen: Interviews with Screenwriters Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana”

Released by: Universal
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent It

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By | 2017-09-24T22:50:54+00:00 June 22nd, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

It’s Alive (2008) – DVD Review

It's Alive (2009) DVD cover

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Written by: Paul Sopocy, James Portolese, and Larry Cohen, based on the original 1974 screenplay by Cohen
Directed by: Josef Rusnak
Starring: Bijou Phillips, James Murray, and Raphaël Coleman

Released by: First Look Pictures
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Abort It

Lenore (Phillips) is a young college student who has gotten herself knocked up. Lucky for her, her boyfriend Frank (Murray) is happy about the pregnancy and is right by her side. It also helps that he is a successful architect with a nice house in the country. Unlucky for her, her baby wants out early. Even worse luck, when she awake from the C-section, the entire surgical team has been torn apart. Young babies tend to have a fascination for big people food. But young Daniel, the newborn, has a yearning for big people as food. Yes, Daniel is truly gifted when it comes to slaughter and mayhem. His mother would be so proud, if she wasn’t busy trying to hide the evidence of Daniel’s messy eating habits.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:51:28+00:00 May 31st, 2010|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

Cagney & Lacey: The Return (1994) – DVD Review

Cagney & Lacey: The Return DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Terry Louise Fisher & Steve Brown
Directed by: James Frawley
Starring: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, James Naughton

Features:

  • Interview with series creator Barney Rosenzweig

Released by: S’more Entertainment
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Rent It If You Are A Fan Of The Show

Christine Cagney (Gless) and Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) kicked ass and took names as police detectives of Manhattan’s 14th Precinct. While their partnership could be rocky, they went after criminals and watched each other’s backs. But that was then, this is now. Cagney is now a lieutenant in charge of the District Attorney’s detective squad and married to the wealthy and politically connected James Burton (Naughton). Lacey retired from the force after working her twenty years and takes care of her husband Harvey and daughter. As it happens with friends, their different lives caused them to drift apart. Circumstances bring them back together. A load of confiscated guns are stolen and it appears cops may be involved. Cagney is assigned to the case but she needs help. Lacey needs a job to help with her husband’s medical bills. So Cagney hires her as an investigator and together they track down the guns before Manhattan gets turned into the OK Corral.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:51:36+00:00 May 27th, 2010|DVD Reviews|2 Comments