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The 20 Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

“The embarrassment of home-video riches made available to cinephiles this year proves once again that the rumors about the death of physical media have been greatly exaggerated.” I provide the introduction and spread the love across four capsule reviews. Read … Continue reading

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Demons 2 (Lamberto Bava, 1986)

“Looking spectacular on Synapse’s otherwise barebones Blu-ray, Demons 2 trades in its predecessor’s penchant for wall-to-wall gore in favor of surreal shocks and quasi-Cronenbergian craziness.” Read my entire review of Lamberto Bava’s surreal successor to Demons, out this week in … Continue reading

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Curtains (Jonathan Stryker, 1983)

“Synapse’s impressive, nearly pristine Blu-ray presentation reopens Curtains for a fresh round of appreciation for its slapdash charms.” Read my full review of Canadian cult favorite Curtains, out last month on Blu-ray from Synapse, at Slant Magazine.

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Hands of the Ripper (Peter Sasdy, 1971)

“Sumptuous as a Merchant-Ivory production and savage as one of George Romero’s zombie movies, Hands of the Ripper mixes the strain of psychological horror evident in Hammer’s filmography (Scream of Fear, for example) with the increasingly graphic levels of gore … Continue reading

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DVD Roundup: In A Glass Cage, Gurozuka, 42nd Street Forever, Thou Shalt Not Kill…Except, & More

Read my latest review, in which I pick up, dust off and lovingly cradle a batch of DVDs and Blu-rays that unfortunately fell between the cracks.

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The Life and Death of a Porno Gang (Mladen Djordjevic, 2010)

“The Life and Death of a Porno Gang emerges as a more politically engaged companion piece to its showier compatriot, A Serbian Film, and Synapse Films gives it an excellent, well-rounded Blu-ray package.” Read my review of this blistering political … Continue reading

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Twins of Evil (John Hough, 1971)

“Double your pleasure, double your evil with Twins of Evil, Synapse Films’ two-disc combo pack, looking frightfully good on Blu-ray, and loaded with garlic bunches of extras.” Read my review of the excellent new Blu-ray release of Hammer Films’ Twins … Continue reading

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