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Tue 18.2.20
The Keep (1983)
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Cover Art The Keep, released in 1983 and staring Scott Glenn, Jurgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne and Sir Ian McKellen, was writer / director Michael Mannís second theatrical feature, a gothic supernatural horror / thriller set in WW2. Mannís original cut of the film ran for 210 minutes but Paramount took the film from him and recut it to 96 minutes for its theatrical release. Manndisowned the film; it failed at the box office and disappeared from sight, although achieving some cult status. This DVD release from ViaVision is still the cut version (one doubts if the original still even exists) but it is in the correct aspect ratio, the visuals are stunning and at least one can glimpse Mannís vision. . Sponsored by DVD Buzz.

Mon 17.2.20
Coco (4K Blu-ray) (2017)

On 4K UHD, Coco dazzles at every opportunity. The HDR grading and wide colour gamut result in a gorgeous 2160p transfer with immaculate clarity and jaw-dropping colours, besting the 1080p Blu-ray at every opportunity. The Dolby Atmos track, meanwhile, is very good, though it comes up just short of perfection. This disc is the best way to experience Coco at home. Highly recommended. . Sponsored by Disk Doctor.

Sat 15.2.20
12 Monkeys: Season Two (Blu-ray) (2016)
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12 Monkeys: Season Two breaks away from the constraints of Terry Gilliamís Twelve Monkeys and the 1962 French film La Jetee on which it is based, expanding the scope and the time periods of the basic time travel concept into something far, far broader. . Sponsored by Disk Doctor.

Fri 14.2.20
Punisher, The (Blu-ray) (1989)

I understand why it was poorly received at the time, but I have always enjoyed the hell out of 1989's The Punisher. It's a violent, relentless '80s exploitation action movie, and it will appeal to fans of this genre. Though there are minor shortcomings, The Punisher looks and sounds terrific for its Aussie Blu-ray debut. This is the first time I've seen the movie in high definition, and it was a treat - in fact, I found the movie more enjoyable this time around. Umbrella has also put together a high-quality assortment of extras, including two alternate cuts, a commentary, and a couple of interviews. This one comes recommended. . Sponsored by Atomic Movies.

Thu 13.2.20
Coco (Blu-ray) (2017)

Coco made me cry. Over and over again. And it still gets me with every single rewatch. It's one of Pixar's finest and most emotionally resonant movies, and its Best Animated Feature Film Oscar win was well-deserved. On Blu-ray, Coco's technical presentation is very good, though it falls short of perfection. This two-disc set also contains a wide variety of great quality supplemental material, which gives great insight into the making of this significant motion picture. Highly recommended. . Sponsored by Atlantic DVD.

Wed 12.2.20
War of the Worlds (Blu-ray) (2005)

It received a lot of online hate upon its release, mostly stemming from blanket Tom Cruise hatred, but I'll defend Spielberg's War of the Worlds any day of the week. It's a spectacular and terrifying blockbuster, with set-pieces that positively hold up in 2020. It does end a bit too suddenly, and I wish it were longer, but that's not enough to undo the flick's numerous strengths. On Blu-ray, War of the Worlds is a stunner. The video presentation is very good, with organic film grain and superb detailing, while the audio mix will shake your walls and give your equipment a great workout. Throw in a substantial collection of behind-the-scenes extras, and this one comes highly recommended. . Sponsored by Family Boxoffice.

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