While a definite product of its era, Wynorski and Mitchell’s labor of love has held up remarkably well over the past 30 years, filled with imaginative bits of whimsy and inspiration fans of this sort of thing can’t help but love. Lionsgate kicking of their Vestron Video series with Chopping Mall is a stroke of genius, and if I’m being honest this might actually be one of my absolute favorite Blu-ray releases of the entire year.
The Conjuring 2 is a solid sequel, but also one that is much too long and repeats itself far more often than it should. Still, there’s lots to like here, not the least of which continues to be the wonderful performances of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren. Warner’s Blu-ray is a strong one, and for fans of the film this disc comes highly recommended.
The Jungle Book is a wonderful reinterpretation of both the classic Disney animated film as well as Rudyard Kipling’s timeless book. Disney’s Blu-ray is extraordinary, across the board, and as such choosing to add it to the family’s movie library is an exceptionally easy decision indeed.
Equals looks terrific, and the acting is superb, but the execution is just a little bit off, making the film an emotionally stilted curiosity and sadly not all that much more than that.
Now You See Me 2 is legitimately terrible. I never want to watch it again.
Bad Moon is much better than the rep unfairly gifted to it back in ’96. More, it offers up some truly excellent creature and makeup effects…It also moves with refreshing swiftness, Red keeping things at a wondrously exuberant clip, the picture’s niftily plotted 79 minutes flying by in the blink of an eye.
Road Games is quickly moving up my list of 2016 sensations that caught me by surprise, this fun little thriller a nice game of cat and mouse that nimbly conceals its biggest and boldest tricks for the final act.
Rabid Dogs is not as good as Mario Bava’s original film, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still worthwhile. In fact, having now watched it twice I’m ready to concede Éric Hannezo’s version holds up pretty darn well, filled with a number of white-knuckle charms that had me sitting on the edge of my seat.
Yep. Still a lot of fun, that’s The Pack in a nutshell. Perfect? No. Freakishly enjoyable for those who like animals-gone-wild creature features? You bet, and as such I’ll likely be barking about this film’s simple pleasures for some time to come.