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Another excellent Blu-ray from Criterion, and for one of the best films of the 1980s to boot. An essential upgrade.
Of all the releases of A Charlie Brown Christmas, this one's the Charlie Browniest. Of course. It is in HD.
Even as some grumble that Criterion should focus on bringing lost classics to DVD, it's tough to argue that the underappreciated Monsoon Wedding hasn't benefitted from the company's topflight treatment.
The strength of Criterion's previous release of Godard's pulp crime masterpiece makes the decision to upgrade to Blu-ray a tough one—until you see the image transfer, that is, and head to eBay to sell your old copy.
DVD Review SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON
Smallville. Season eight. Yeah, I'm as shocked as you are. More so that the show seems to have improved somewhat despite the departure of about half the original cast.
DVD Review AUDIENCE OF ONE
A well-meaning pastor who has never made a movie, maybe not even seen very many, believes he is called by God to mount at $100 million production of a Christian Star Wars-ian epic. It goes about as well as you might expect.
DVD Review THIRTYSOMETHING: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Here's a fun game: Try to watch the debut season of thirtysomething all the way through without saying any of the following:
No. I won't do it. I refuse to refer to this movie as a "bromance."
The Edge of Love: Or, The Edge of Sleep.
DVD Review PEANUTS 1960's COLLECTION
The umpteenth repackaging of the popular Peanuts TV specials includes a few that are new to DVD and a great documentary on composer Vince Guaraldi.
Debate the merits of the confounding film all you want, but there's no arguing the fact that this Blu-ray offers one of the most beautiful black-and-white transfers ever produced.
In a stunning display of the amount of thought Paramount put into the production of Wayne's World 2 on Blu-ray, the back cover refers to it as "the most awaited video" since Wayne's World, marketing copy you might remember from when the movie was released 15 years ago... on video.
The real question is, do you really need to own a low-budget comedy like Wayne's World in HD? The answer is, yes, if only for the opportunity to study the weird after effects of Mike Meyers apparently out-of-control eyebrow tweezing habit.
DVD Review TRUE BLOOD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball stretches metaphor to the breaking point with HBO's True Blood, which posits that a world in which vampires "come out of the coffin" and fight for their civil rights would look a lot like Twilight, only with lots more nudity. Lots and lots more nudity.
Baz Luhrmann's Australia is all spectacle, screaming "epic movie" from frantic opening montage to soaring, melodramatic finale. Overstuffed? Hokey? Sure. But never a dull moment even in this, the most restrained of the down under director's oeuvre (which is like saying it's the least garish neon shade).
Movie succeeds despite a total lack of knife-wielding murderers, musicals set in high schools, and 3-D animation.
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